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This is a hole or cavity cut into a guitar, most usually into the body. Thus, such cavities are said to be routed into the body. A good example of this is seen in the Fender Statocaster, where the body is routed to allow space for the pickups and wiring, which are pre-attached to the pickguard. All that is required is for the output wires to be soldered onto the output jack and then the entire pickguard is screwed into the top of the guitar’s body. This is the type of production innovation that Leo Fender brought to the modern electric guitar. Almost all solidbody electric guitars have some routing done, typically for the pickups on the top and the controls in the back.

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