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clean wax from top side of fiber bobbin

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by logans_tele, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. logans_tele

    logans_tele Tele-Meister

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    I have a SD Jerry Donahue bridge pickup which I believe has a fiber bobbin. It's got some residual wax on top of it, and being a bit picky I'd like to clean it off but I don't want to do something stupid and mess up the surface of the fiber bobbin. Is there a good way to remove the wax from the bobbin?
     
  2. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Poster Extraordinaire

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    The wax is supposed to be there.

    If it's a loose flake or three, just wipe them off with your finger or thumb. Or, better yet, ignore them.
     
  3. logans_tele

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    It's supposed to be on the top of the pickup... the part that you see after its installed in the guitar?
     
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    Very funny...right?
     
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    Q-Tip and some naptha will remove wax. Use it in a well ventilated area and keep away from flame.
     
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    Low-odor mineral spirits. Slightly dampen a cotton towel with it and gently scrub the wax off.

    Don't be smoking while doing this if you like having eyebrows :eek:
     
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    Turn in your Tele Meister rating.

    ;)
     
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    take a heat gun and warm it until the wax melts then wipe it with a paper towel.. repeat until you have whatever is bothering you under control.

    r
     
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    I have that pickup in two Teles. It's got a lot of winds, so the wrap with all the wax can be tough to fit through the bridge plate. @Ronkirn is right, heat is the key.
     
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    Use a hair drier not an industrial heat gun unless you are super careful.

    People use heat guns to get the paint off guitar bodies.


    Keep in mind that the wax provides anti-corrosion protection to the pole pieces. Heat and chemical stripping will certainly remove the wax and expose the parts to a little relic rust from hand sweat and environment. So don't get too carried away in excising the demons.

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    I wouldn't touch it, not worth messing something else up. I like a bit of wax build up when I see it, sort of gives the pup a nice charm and shows that it was wax potted.
     
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    I've ruined magnets in the past with excessive heat.

    Enough heat to soften the wax should be okay, just don't continue heating them after the wax melts.
     
  13. logans_tele

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    I tested the Naptha method with a Q-tip on an older pickup that is in the drawer that had some wax spots. Worked perfectly. Went to the Jerry Donahue pickup and for some reason didn't phase it. I decided to just leave well enough alone. I'm not sure if its wax or some kind of dried adhesive... either way, I'm just going to leave it. No one's gonna notice it but me... and only close up, at that. Thanks for the good input.
     
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