For anybody who doesn't know, this is Charlie, my fondest (even if not the best-performing) guitar of my stable, and thus far the one that's been with me the longest.
Anyway, after swapping pickups out a lot over the last year or so, it's been a pain in the ass having to route the shallow pickup cavities (routed for JB/59, both short alnico pickups) to take taller ceramics and what not.
Not to mention the constant fucking up of tab threads from the direct-mount screws. Adjusting height has also been an issue, especially since I've routed where the tabs go to take taller pickups, so when reverting back to something shorter it's been a real fight.
So today I installed pickup rings
A little sacrifice in aesthetics in favour of functionality, but at least I can adjust and swap stuff out as I see fit.
Though funnily enough at the moment it's pretty much got the stock pickups in it (JB/Jazz though, as opposed to JB/59)