Casino pickup swap...can it be done this way?

bumnote

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I have a 95 MIK Epi Casino with Lollars in it...sound fantastic. But it's got the thinnest freakin neck width ever put on a guitar. It's so thin, it barely measures 41mm at the nut. Rarely play it b/c of that.
A friend recently bought a new MIC Casino...nice neck. I would play this one...but the Lollars in mine sound so much better.

Is it possible to simply remove the pickup assembly intact and remove from the old guitar thru the top since it's a hollow-body and install into another Casino the same way. I've loaned my to a friend, so I don't have it on hand to check this out. I've installed pickups in a semi-hollow once...not going to go thru that headache again.
 

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There will be a ground wire that leads either to the tailpiece or the tune-o-matic. It'll have to be cut/unsoldered and then reattached on the new one.
 

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There will be a ground wire that leads either to the tailpiece or the tune-o-matic. It'll have to be cut/unsoldered and then reattached on the new one.
That would be soldered to a pot body.
No need to disturb that regardless of how the pickup swap is done.
 

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I'm pretty sure I said it would be.
Yes, but you said it almost defiantly...or apologetically. As if there are factions opposed to it who you half-expect to react negatively. Noobs. Purists. Self-admitted non-soldering klutzes. I say poo-poo on them - let them burn their fingers, dining-room tables and precious nitro finishes-

I gotta quit posting while watching the Cardinals.
 

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Yes, but you said it almost defiantly...or apologetically. As if there are factions opposed to it who you half-expect to react negatively. Noobs. Purists. Self-admitted non-soldering klutzes. I say poo-poo on them - let them burn their fingers, dining-room tables and precious nitro finishes-

I gotta quit posting while watching the Cardinals.
I see.
Well...being that the way pickups are installed at the factory is to have one lead that goes to the pots, cutting and splicing does seem like something of a bodge.
If I were swapping pickups for a customer, I would offer 2 options at 2 prices; I would never just cut and splice without asking.
 

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Yes, but you said it almost defiantly...or apologetically. As if there are factions opposed to it who you half-expect to react negatively. Noobs. Purists. Self-admitted non-soldering klutzes. I say poo-poo on them - let them burn their fingers, dining-room tables and precious nitro finishes-

I gotta quit posting while watching the Cardinals.
Go Rams!
 

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As a fully hollow guitar, you can feed everything through the bridge pickup hole. You might want to tie strings to the old harness before removing it, and transferring the strings to the new harness and pull the pots through.
 

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As a fully hollow guitar, you can feed everything through the bridge pickup hole. You might want to tie strings to the old harness before removing it, and transferring the strings to the new harness and pull the pots through.

I've got some surgical tubing for that from the time I did a pickup swap on a semi-hollow. It worked well.


There will be a ground wire that leads either to the tailpiece or the tune-o-matic. It'll have to be cut/unsoldered and then reattached on the new one.

Yeah...didn't think about that. Doing a ground wire wouldn't be too bad. I just don't want to have to do an entire wiring job. Teles and Strats are simple enough since everything is so easy to access. But when I did a semi-hollow and recently installed 3 pickups into an late 70's Ibanez LP Deluxe I bought...I hated doing it. I can do it, but the frustration level gets too high and my nearsighted vision ain't what it used to be.
I'll give this a shot and if it doesn't work right...I'll just pay someone to clean up my mess.
 
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