Neck Pickup Cover Change

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  1. watchoutitslucas

    watchoutitslucas TDPRI Member

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    Hello,
    So I got a pair of fender pure vintage '64 and i need to change the pickup cover on the neck pickup. I just wanted to know if anyone has tips or how to do it correctly. I don't want to mess up the pickups and I know there is a solder joint in the single tab where the wires go.
    Thank you!!
     
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  2. yegbert

    yegbert Poster Extraordinaire

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    Just checking, are you sure you want to take that step and lose your pickup’s protection from physical damage and electrical shielding (noise)? I’ve done it and like it, but it’s more work to undo it if you change your mind. And novices at soldering who might otherwise buy it, might not want to buy it second hand after it’s been modified by you.
     
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    watchoutitslucas TDPRI Member

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    Well its a kit guitar and I want the aesthetic to look the same since I'm doing black and gold. this guitar and pickups are not going to be sold since its a guitar I'm building for me.
     
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    Mind that you bend the three tabs fully flat/straight before pulling the cover from the pickup. You also may heat up the pickup with a hair dryer or heat gun in order for any wax to melt. Sometimes the cover is fixed by the wax.
     
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    Sounds like a nice recipe for a damaged/dead pup... :cool:
     
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  6. Old Deaf Roadie

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    I would just buy a neck pup with exposed poles (or wind your own), save the effort, & mitigate the risk of killing your original. I was once planning on swapping a chrome cover out for a black one, & decided that there was a higher chance of wrecking the pickup than of success.
     
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    watchoutitslucas TDPRI Member

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    Yeah i think im going to keep it chrome for now its would just look so cool all black and gold hardware.
     
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    Many folks don't like black & gold, but it works on my Ess-Kwire build pictured below. This is pictured before I nodded as an Esquire & is the neck pickup I wanted to swap covers on. The black binding pulls the look together on the cream body. The pup is a GFS P90 that came with the pearl top.
    20200314_100555.jpg
     
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    watchoutitslucas TDPRI Member

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    beautiful!!1
     
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    If you are uncomfortable about performing the cover transplant yourself, you could consider having a good tech do it.
     
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    thought about that too
     
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    If it gets screwed up, you have someone to yell at. But most techs will state up front that they won't be responsible for damage. But a good pickup tech should be able to swap covers. It isn't rocket science or voodoo, but is delicate work that experience helps. If you are good at fiddly stuff, give it a try. Worst case scenario, you turn your pickup into a brick.
     
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    i think i might just try it on a cheap pick up first, I am trying to learn as much as i can about lutherie and really want to get into it
     
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    Another thing you might consider is first practicing doing this on a different pickup, one broken or otherwise of negligible value. Just remember that one you or someone else had removed before, you or someone else might later want to try. I had at one time pulled the original ceramic pickups out of a ‘98 Squier to try some others, and I recently put those pickups into a Tele to try, and have decided they sound good to me!

    Edit: I was making this post while you had typed the one now just before this, I see you already had the idea to practice on a cheap one!
     
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    I would leave well alone, as the PV 64s ain't cheap, well they're not where I live anyway. Unless you are 100% certain what you're doing.
     
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    You may try going to a tech and see if they have any clunkers they can give you.
     
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    Not sure why you need to change the cover or want to remove it. Am I missing something here?
     
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    I believe OP wants a gold or black cover.
     
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    OK, not clear from the original post, thanks
     
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    Yeah it’s just that I’m building a tele and I want the hardware to be gold so that’s the reason
     
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