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Hold on there man!
I say tape the pick up under the lid and try it out first. What have you got to lose?
(btw, I cut a hole in the lid for my pick up. It was a bitch trying to cut the hole with a jig saw though).
I'm in the planning stages of my "electric" build, and cutting the pickup holes does seem daunting. I have an old Sears scrollsaw, and with fresh blades it really works well. I plan to cut the holes a bit undersized, then use the Dremel sander to bring them out to a snug fit.
It occurs to me I could probably chuck that Dremel sanding bit in my drill press; I have a big sanding drum I use all the time.
Dude... dont cut that box! I think it will work, though the signal may be weak. If it is, its no hassle to thin the top a bit with the sander.
Another option is to drill just the holes and extend the poles through, so all you will see on the top is 6 little silver dots. I was going to do this but eventually went with the easier approach of mounting the pup inside the box, and cutting a slot about 5mm x distance between the 2 end poles in the lid. In this I sat a piece of steel, so all you see from outside is a thin bar... pic attached as Im sure this makes no sense!