Swapping pickups.

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by CalebAaron666, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Location:
    Portland, Maine
    i have a set of fender vintage noiseless pups i wanna put in my MiM standard. Any long term harm to snipping the old pickup wires and soldering the new wires to the old ones? I have some heat shrink tubes to cover the connection. I’m not against going straight to the switch/pot, but i’d rather go wire to wire.

    I know, i know, lazy.
     
  2. OttoCorrect

    OttoCorrect Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    363
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2018
    Location:
    USA
    You may want to desolder them properly if only to recoup the cost by selling the old pickups on Reverb or eBay or whatever. A little extra work would mean some extra gear money for later.
     
    Bella_Caster and Teleterr like this.
  3. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    90
    Posts:
    4,115
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2007
    Location:
    Swanton Ohio
    If it's worth doing then it's worth doing right..
     
  4. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    13,931
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2014
    Location:
    kamloops bc
    you will really appreciate that you took the time to leave the pick up wires as long as you could just incase you need to re instate them, the least number of solder joints you make the less things can go wrong after
     
    Shuster and CalebAaron666 like this.
  5. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Location:
    Portland, Maine
    I'm not going sell these old pick ups. I was actually thinking I'd like to be able to reconnect them easily if I change my mind.
     
    aerhed and Zepfan like this.
  6. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Location:
    Portland, Maine
    That's what I needed to hear I think, Thanx.
     
    24 track likes this.
  7. Cesspit

    Cesspit Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    495
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2014
    Location:
    Oxfordshire England
    Actually more difficult to solder wire to wire than wire to connection.
     
  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Age:
    62
    Posts:
    64,150
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    Amen Amen Amen!
    I’d call in a pro.
     
  9. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,075
    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Location:
    Marion, NC
    ^^^ This. ^^^
     
  10. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    3,085
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2015
    Location:
    IL, USA
    I’ve done that when working with a fender S1 switch on the advice of a poster here. It worked great. Normally just do it the normal way, but there’s all kinds of little connections on the S1.
     
  11. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,761
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2014
    Location:
    Lions & Tigers oh Mi !
    .

    If soldering to a pot, feed solder at the solder tip where it touches the pot and the melted metal will heat the pot faster with fewer problems. If soldering to a new pot, sandpaper where you want to solder, heat and place a small puddle of solder there, solder on the wire end, then and only then put the wire to the pot and heat the wire end with the solder and melted metal as mentioned to transfer heat and stick it all together. Use a pencil, chopstick, or twig from the yard to hold it all down as you pull the iron away so it cools.

    .
     
    CalebAaron666 likes this.
  12. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Location:
    Portland, Maine
    Thanx for this. I’ll be connecting the ground to an existing pot.
     
  13. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Posts:
    4,010
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2011
    Location:
    Tucson
    Concur with the spirit but not the conclusion. This is all the more reason to do it yourself...the right way.
     
  14. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Location:
    Portland, Maine
    I’ll be doing it myself and properly when i get the time.
    Thanx dad(s)!
     
  15. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,101
    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2008
    Location:
    omaha
    why solder anything just twist the wires, and tape em up.. lolz noiseless baby!!!!
     
    CalebAaron666 likes this.
  16. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Location:
    Portland, Maine
    Haha! Now yer talkin!
     
  17. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Location:
    Portland, Maine
    All done and done right.
    Easy peasy lemon squeazy.
    And these noiseless sound good. A little more quacky, but I’ll finetune the heights and all that as the week goes on.
    B827CD59-A8A3-4E09-8A7D-3906D546E2D6.jpeg
     
    GreatDaneRock likes this.
  18. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    70
    Posts:
    2,737
    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2014
    Location:
    Woodstock
    Ha, way to go! It's worth doing it right, especially since it's so easy on a Tele. It's not like you're doing it on a 335 - now that's REALLY fun!
     
    CalebAaron666 likes this.
  19. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Location:
    Portland, Maine
    Yeah, it was definitely worth it. Taking it apart was the hardest part, soldering was simple. They sounded a little quacky in my baby practice test amp, but I just plugged into my stage rig, and they sound amazing! Can’t believe I hestitated upgrading for so long.
     
    Chicago Matt likes this.
  20. Keefsdad

    Keefsdad Tele-Holic

    Age:
    62
    Posts:
    621
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2018
    Location:
    Toronto Canada
    Nice, i like the Bigsby and the armrest.
     
    CalebAaron666 likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.