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Unread 09-11-2007, 07:49 PM   #1
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How hard is it to change out pickups?

I think the title says it. I'm really new at soldering. Is this something I can attempt or should I let a pro handle it?
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Unread 09-11-2007, 08:00 PM   #2
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I think the title says it. I'm really new at soldering. Is this something I can attempt or should I let a pro handle it?
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If you can solder hardly at all, you can change pickups out. Its one of the easiest soldering projects you encounter.
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Yep. There's very little you can do to mess this one up, basically.
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That's what I like to hear.

It looked fairly simple. Pretty much all of the electronics in a guitar look fairly simple to work on, yes?
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Yes. Basically, you can look at it as a very simple circuit, pickups > switch > volume pot > jack. It's incredibly easy to understand, as far as electronics projects are concerned.
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When I took my strat copy apart I cut the wire that goes to the output in half. (Stupid, i know)

Is there a way to fix this, or do I just need to get new wire? Are all of the wires used the same? This one looked different from wires i've been familiar with...almost had a fiberoptic look/feel to it.
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When I took my strat copy apart I cut the wire that goes to the output in half. (Stupid, i know)

Is there a way to fix this, or do I just need to get new wire? Are all of the wires used the same? This one looked different from wires i've been familiar with...almost had a fiberoptic look/feel to it.
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strip it back a little, solder it together, cover with electrical tape, and you are golden.
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Or you can just use new wires... especially if you're gonna go the clear-pickguard option. Just whatever looks best to you. I use the strip/solder/tape method all the time, though.
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Well, I'm going to use the existing parts as practice. I'm going to put it all back together and really get a feel for how things work. Then i'll start buying new parts to replace the existing parts.

Desoldering: Do I just heat up the soldered joint and then pull the connection apart?
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Well, I'm going to use the existing parts as practice. I'm going to put it all back together and really get a feel for how things work. Then i'll start buying new parts to replace the existing parts.

Desoldering: Do I just heat up the soldered joint and then pull the connection apart?
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you can get away with that on guitars usually. technically, you probably should use a desoldering braid.
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lol i might sound dumb.. whats a pickup.. thats pretty sad that i dont know cause ive ownd a guitar for 3 years =- )
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lol i might sound dumb.. whats a pickup.. thats pretty sad that i dont know cause ive ownd a guitar for 3 years =- )
is your guitar electric?
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lol i might sound dumb.. whats a pickup.. thats pretty sad that i dont know cause ive ownd a guitar for 3 years =- )
A pickup is what takes in your guitar's sound and sends it to an amplifier.
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you can get away with that on guitars usually. technically, you probably should use a desoldering braid.
I picked up a desoldering bulb, it seemed like it'd be a little easier to use. Same basic concept? Heat up the soldered joint, suck away the solder, pull apart the connection?
-shane

Dumb question: my solder kinda looks like a spring (i'm figuring this is the norm). How do I get the correct amount of solder to use? Do I cut out a certain amount or just heat one end of the 'spring' until it melts away from the rest?
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Dumb question: my solder kinda looks like a spring (i'm figuring this is the norm). How do I get the correct amount of solder to use? Do I cut out a certain amount or just heat one end of the 'spring' until it melts away from the rest?
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I just pull out part of the spring straight so part of it's touching the connection I want to solder, and melt a 3-4 mm off at a time, which should be quite enough for most connections.
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