Neck Pickup mounting screw touching pickup cover... is it ok?

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  1. Db145

    Db145 TDPRI Member

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    Hi all,

    Trying to install 4-way switch in my 2003 squier tele standard and found that one of the neck pickup screws (body mounted btw) is totally stripped. I have another wood screw that fits but the head is bigger than the original and contacts the pickup cover (original is black, new is metal color in photo).

    Questions: is this ok? Any negative effects?

    I could not find original screw at local hardware stores and can’t find any online venders of this screw.

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  2. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    You're mounting this direct to the body cavity, and it appears that you have 3 leads, one of which should be a separate cover ground. So... if the screw is touching the cover, it is part of the cover ground and you should be fine!
     
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    That's great to hear, because what I thought was a simple job continued to get more and more complicated (and expensive) as I went on. I'm just ready to finish this and play! and yes the 3rd wire was added as a separate ground for the cover as this modification was required for the 4-way switch. Thank you very much for the response!
     
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    Neck pickup mounting screws are usually 1 inch long number 4 round head wood screws.
     
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    Maybe my tele is a bit odd because it’s an “older” import? or the previous owner just tinkered with it but the screw was different from that spec which I’ve seen around the forums. I had compared it to #4 screws at Home Depot and it didn’t match the thread. Also, these were 1-1/4” long; possibly cause of the deep humbucker route in neck position? Either way I did make due with a 1” wood screw (except for the larger head) which I purchased from a music equipment store specifically to pickguard mount the neck p/u with this issue in mind but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. The hole in the pickup for the screws was too big and the p/u would slip right off the screws. Maybe I over looked a component here that retains the p/u?
     
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    After all that text I forgot to thank you for your reply

    Thank you the info/response is appreciated!
     
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