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Can I cut off excess threaded screw bit underneath HB??

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by backporchmusic, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Poster Extraordinaire

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    Here's my issue--I am installing a Gibson HB (490R) in the neck position of an Epiphone ET 290. The guitar has a bolt on neck with an exposed and frankly, cavity-filling tenon. In order to mount the Gibson correctly I would have to shear off the excess threaded screw parts from the bottom of the pickup.

    My question is this--can I cut them down without changing the tone or functionality of the pickup?

    If I can do this--why would they not simply use shorter screws for the poles? What advantage would the longer screws give?


    Thanks--and pics below (not mine but the same).

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  2. jackal

    jackal Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    I'd use shorter screws and keep the stock ones in case I wanted to sell the pickups later on.
     
  3. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Poster Extraordinaire

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    So I could just buy shorter ones, remove the old ones and replace with new ones? Won't be difficult or mess anything up?

    Sorry to be ignorant but I all know of pickups is how they sound and how to solder them in.
     
  4. Andy B

    Andy B Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    You can cut rhem or replace them. Just use the proper size screwdriver and you will be fine.
     
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  5. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Poster Extraordinaire

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    They are the gold (not chrome or nickle) version--so what material are the screws made out of? Can I buy them at Home Depot, or do I need to order special ones from a guitar parts place?

    Sorry to be so ignorant!
     
  6. Inglese

    Inglese Tele-Meister

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    You need low carbon steel screws (not AISI 304 or A2 neither AISI 306 or A4 commonly used for stainless steel), gold is just a surface aesthetic treatment.

    I'd short them too, part in excess is draining part of the magnetic flux away from strings.
     
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    It will brighten the tone slightly because it will reduce the inductance slightly. But the difference is so small you will probably never be able to hear it.
     
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