Tele neck pickup screws - pickguard mount

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by BobUrban, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. PMF1954

    PMF1954 Tele-Meister

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    If your tele has a neck pup, and it's screwed to the pickguard, and you have locking tuners, is it possible to replace the pickguard with another one without having to remove the strings?
     
  2. BobUrban

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    Absolutely. Unscrew the pickup until it falls into the cavity. Remove pickguard, bring new one under strings. Screw pickup into new pickguard, screw down new guard. Might be a little awkward, but do able for sure.
     
  3. PMF1954

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    So the pickup won't drop too far into the cavity that the screws won't be able to pick it up(no pun intended)?
     
  4. jimbcac

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    gosh darn neck pickup screws

    Well I gotta take back what I said earlier. The rubber springs/spacers
    that SHOULD go with the noiseless pickups on my American deluxe
    are long red ones. You can not find those anywhere without buying
    new pickups. I tried the "standard" tan colored spacers and they are
    a bit short, using two of them makes it a bit long. ALSO the screw size
    is a bit odd. I ended up using pickup screws from a strat and kind of
    forcing the holes in the pickup. It works, but now I have bigger holes
    in the pickup. Same situation for the bridge pickup. SHould have long
    red spacers and the tan ones are just a tad short, and using two of
    em is not quite right. I guess I could use 1 1/2 tan ones, but I would rather
    use the right part...if I could get it. ALSO on a similar topic I bent one
    of the saddle length adjustment screws on the bridge..They also are an
    odd size...I bent it back....sorta.....not quite right, but I guess I can live with it.
    The guitar Is ALMOST done. Has a Warmoth neck, everything else is as "stock" as I could make it.

    sigh
    jim in Gold Bar
     
  5. BobUrban

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    Well, it might...if it does, you should be able to fish it out and get it mounted to the new guard, assuming there is a little slack in the wires.
     
  6. DavidP

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    It gets complicated...

    ... when you go to offshore pickups as those holes are metric. I've tried 4-40 which work great for US manufacture but the screw simply won't grab when you have something like a GFS neck pickup (currently trying to fit a Fatbody into my SX Furrian which has pickguard holes so I'm stuck with that option). I figure it must be an M3 machine screw, probably 16mm length, but good luck finding Philips round head ones here in Canada... If anyone has a source for these I'd really like to know!
     
  7. backporch guy

    backporch guy Tele-Afflicted

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    It's surgical tubing, cut the long ones to whatever siz you need
     
  8. rockinstephen

    rockinstephen Tele-Meister

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    You might try this...Go to the hardware store and match up several sizes of machine screws with the coresponding nuts. Wrap each screw with masking tape and write down the size. You now have a gauge to check both nut and bolt sizes. Don't forget your metric threads...
     
  9. Doorlord

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    Just loosen the strings, put a capo on the neck, remove neck, and have your way with it
     
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    Capo!

    I like this idea for holding the strings onto a neck that you take off! It's been so long since I actually used one of my capos for playing music that I forgot that I had them.
     
  11. PMF1954

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    Taking the neck off seems a little drastic to me. But that's just me.
     
  12. Vizcaster

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    If you have the proper sized tap it's preferable to go ahead and use it before threading in the screw, particularly if the flatwork is fiber rather than plastic, but if you're careful you should be able to cut your own threads just with the machine screw itself.
     
  13. alisterhrae

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    Telecaster front P/U mounting screw

    I have fitted a Lindy Fralin high output low noise neck P/U to my Tele. Sounds great but, It's too close to the strings, I need to lower it. The screws that came with it are not long enough! What size are the standard front Tele P/U, I need long versions of them?

    Please!!!
     
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    All, I know this is an old thread but thought this may help. I've purchased from these folks before. Super service and good pricing. No affiliation with them.

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  15. Adam S

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    IMG_3585.PNG Can anyone tell what size screws I need for my wide range?
     
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    Nuff Said,
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