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Old July 3rd, 2013, 11:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie Question re: Changing Pickup Covers

Hi all,

I've been playing a Strat since 1998 but I never really mess with it that much. I have a great local tech who sets it up and refretted it recently.

It's a 1979 natural ash with black pickguard. I've been thinking about swapping in a white pickguard, because I like that classic look.

I'm wondering if there's any pitfalls that I should look out for, specifically wondering if changing the pickup covers means I have to re-adjust the pickup height, or if there's anything more complicated than "remove black version, attach white version" that I need to be aware of.

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Old July 3rd, 2013, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You will have to measure your pickup height before because changing the covers involves taking the pickup completely out of the pickguard

But duh, you're changing the pickguard... so ..
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 12:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmm. Makes sense. Thanks. <slightly dim lightbulb>
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So like I said, I've really never messed with the guitar myself. Next question...

Once I remove the pickguard, and take the pickups off, do the pickup covers just snap off, or screw off? Is it possible to damage the pickup while removing or installing the pickup covers?
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 04:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The pickup cover is sandwiched between the pickguard and a spring and the base of the pickup
Once you take the pickguard off you will see

When you remove the pickup cover the windings will probably be exposed. So be careful w it as it is possible to damage it
But the most basic of care when handling the naked pickup will be adequate to keep it safe
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Old July 4th, 2013, 12:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Be sure to keep the original covers and pick guard!
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Old July 18th, 2013, 12:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
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It is possible to break any wiring in the pickup when removing the p/u guard. waparker4 is correct. Be careful as you know p/up wire is extremely thin and fragile.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks again. I'll definitely keep the original stuff.
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