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Worked great. Nov 28, 2011 #1. nasty squealing feedback) from the pickup. I dug the dirt out of the break, and smooshed in some cream binding melted with acetone. It’s a creme one from a '59 Les Paul. How tricky is this and what do I need to be aware of when installing these on the pickups? tone forum. Use sandpaper to sand the inside edges of the humbucker cover. How do you install plastic humbucker covers? In fact, my pickups are now quieter than they were without the covers. Prior to removing the bridge pickup cover, we had never noticed a nasal tone when using the neck humbucker, but in comparison to the open coil’s clarity and brightness, it did sound inferior. Here, you’ll also have to solder the pickup to the cover and then screw everything together. Step 4: Put the cover on and apply pressure with your thumbs to stick it to the tape. I detect a little less detail in the treble frequencies, and a smoother tone with more punch in the mids. No wax, no tongs, and no stove. Put it in a 150-160 degree oven for a half hour or something. I’ll tell you what now: you go out there and you buy a cover for that ‘bucker! If you have any questions about this method, please let me know in the comments. Santa Barbara, California. Member List; Calendar; Latest Posts; Forum; The Pickup Lounge; Talk with your fellow tone freaks on the web's liveliest (and friendliest!) save. It needed to be trimmed down by about 3/32". I’ve personally never experienced pickup microphonics using this method. I’ve used pickups with wax potted covers, and pickups using this method, and I personally can’t hear much of a difference. How would you do th at?? How much would it cost to get a pair of Humbucker pickup covers installed at guitar center? The springs and screws don’t want to go together, they want to pop apart! I’m not confident enough to install them myself. I used to try to do this on the bandsaw, but that’s not a good way (broken plastic, elaborate holding jigs, lots of time lost). It should fit snugly but easily over the pickup, and the pole pieces should fit right through the holes. How to put pickup covers on humbuckers SIGN UP TO DISTROKID FOR ONLY 18 BUCKS: https://distrokid.com/vip/seven/897224 To properly add covers on humbuckers, you will need a ring. Step 3: Apply the double sided tape to the pickup. This Hofner Shorty has a front mount scratchplate with the … A buddy showed me recently, and it’s pretty simple. In about a minute, it’s down to size. Here’s what you’ll need: Step 1: This is the most important step. Remove rust spots using a white pencil eraser and a bit of elbow grease. Thanks for sharing the top! (Pickup installation is an easy time to scratch a guitar — use a felt pad to protect the top.) PS there aren’t many other options near me so guitar center it is. All the cover will do is squeal like a bad tele bridge or something. I use it on my benches, and I also cut it into pads to protect guitar tops. You can also remove rust using a cotton swab with a small amount of lighter fluid. When I put the cover on the pick up it cuts out. Before I tell you about the $10,000 humbucker mounting ring, let me show you a couple of good installation tips: It needed to be trimmed down by about 3/32". Just mark a line to trim to, and nip away the plastic. I haven’t heard any unwanted noise. The sides "bow" out along the same side as the pole pieces. Are you saying that the solder is enough to prevent microphonic squealing? Repeat this step on the opposite side. We illustrate how to install DiMarzio pickups in a Super Strat in Example 7. in the early 60s Jimmy page and Eric Clapton removed the humbucker covers for better picking dynamics. First up, let’s get into the control cavity. Simply clean the cover as you would the actual humbuckers. Thanks again! Once it’s good and hot, position it so the tip touches both the cover and the baseplate near the center of one of the long sides. This step helps reduce vibration and microphonics when installing the humbucker cover. Build the pedal that redefined overdrive. (Pickup installation is an easy time to scratch a guitar — use a felt pad to protect the top.). Perhaps, these ones. The second one - not so good! We illustrate how to install humbuckers in a Gibson Les Paul style guitar in Example 6. I wish I knew how to wax pot pickups before I got rid of the Seth Lover, because that thing sounds incredible. $10,000 for a plastic pickup mounting ring? You’re kiddin’ me, right? How does hold up in high gain and high volume situations? This time we have a Wolfetone Installation Guide that will show you how to install any model Wolfetone in your guitar. I used to try to do this on the bandsaw, but that’s not a good way (broken plastic, elaborate holding jigs, lots of time lost). If you have a … Plenty of online resources on it. After the pickup cools, you should have a nice-looking, firmly attached cover. it's personal to fit your playing style, but it is a very subtle but noticeable effect. We’ll cover installing modern single-coil and humbuckers as well as vintage P90, and PAF style pickups. You find the humbucker of our dreams, but it doesn’t have a nice, shiny nickel-silver cover to complete the look of your guitar. Not all humbuckers are the same size, so be certain you have the right cover before you proceed. One of the pickup mounting rings on this Flying-V was too tall. Hello! I cleaned and re-glued it with Weld-On 16, but you could still see the dirty dark line of the break. I want to install matching covers and new matching pickup rings. Humbucker from Hell™ LiquiFire™ Norton® Tone Zone® Tone Zone® 7 Transition™ Neck Transition™ Bridge Illuminator™ Neck Gravity Storm™ Neck. All are welcome, from seasoned pros to absolute beginners. Why wait until you've sprayed a shiny new finish before drilling your installation holes? Don't make a new nut just to fix a low slot—fill it! Humbucker Coil-Splitting. Is there a trick to installing it? It's fast and easy. I let it dry overnight. Three humbucker items for you this week The humbucker coil-splitting modification is the last thing we are going to go over in this DiMarzio Installation Guide. It's fast and easy. [QUESTION] Humbucker Pickup Cover Installation. Thanks for the help. Warning: be careful not to apply too much heat, as this can damage the pickup. I've recently purchased a SD Pearly Gates Trembucker for the bridge of my strat. Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by lightningsmith, Nov 6, 2010. Pause to admire your fine craftsmanship before you install it in your guitar. I would like to install covers on my humbuckers in my Les Paul Standard, they are currently open and never had covers on them. I did this to a SG. Thanks very much to Trevor Johnson of Lockwire Guitars for teaching me this technique. He says that keeping the guitar 100% vintage will make that much difference in the resale value. Is it just a matter of removing the screws from one of the coils, lifting off the plastic cover, then installing the chrome cover? The improved version of the classic Fender Strat Bridge, The most consistent, top quality Strat® replacement body on the market today. He feels this plastic ring could be worth as much as $10,000, and far be it from me to say that he’s jiving. Nov 6, 2010 #1. lightningsmith Member. Thanks! Covering your pickups with a polished metal cover can improve the look and value of your guitar. Instead, I nibble the ring down to size with fret pullers. Ed P Friend of Leo's. The cover is pretty firmly attached if you do it right. One of the pickup mounting rings on this Flying-V was too tall. We’ll cover every type of pickup from vintage P90s, to the modern-day high output humbucker. Simple, quick and effective method – must be, I could use it ! I made these aluminum clips for installing humbuckers, and they’ve become must-have items on my bench: they hold the springs, screws, and mounting ring together in one piece. Use shortcuts. Just for fun, we switched to the neck pickup (which still had a cover), and in comparison to the uncovered bridge pickup, it had a nasal quality. If your nipping gets crooked, you can quickly flatten the bottom of the ring by rubbing it on a flat surface covered with 80-grit Stikit sandpaper. Apply Masking Tape to the Slugs of your Humbucker. What now? After gluing the chunk back in place, I machined a groove from the rear through the broken area and inlayed creme binding into it for added strength. Installing humbucker covers in a Schecter Omen 6 guitar What should have been an incredibly easy operation to improve the aesthetics of this guitar turned out to be... a medium easy operation to improve the aesthetics. It’s a fumbly operation, especially when the pickup’s already wired into the guitar so you’re on a short leash with no room to move. To cut down the height of a mounting ring, nibble it away with fret pullers Make sure the pickup cover fits your pickup! Your mileage may vary. It’s a good idea to test-fit, pre-drill and mount the hardware and electronics before you spray the finish. 4 comments. Unless you want to try “fishing” wires through precisely drilled holes, taping a guide … In this post, we are going to attempt to show you how to install every kind of Lindy Fralin guitar pickup with our Fralin Installation Guide. If you have installed vintage humbucker pickups in a new guitar, they may look out of place. So i bought the correct covers, installed the first one (52mm) on to the bridge pick up - no problem ( I am using the electrical tape method rather than dipping and waxing). Picture, if you will, two terrifying scenarios. I really like the look, which is the reason I made the change. Joined: Aug 20, 2007. Put the cover over the humbucker as a test fit. You just can’t overheat, or you’ll melt lacquer off wires and basically kill your pickup. Tips on installing humbucker covers without soldering? Then I pull away the clips and the pickup’s all assembled. Been looking forever, with no luck. Fender's most popular pick shape in different materials. The corners of the ring are thicker, so I use my larger fret cutters there. These clips turn a clumsy operation into a breeze, making it much less likely that the guitar top will get scratched. It is open coil and I decided to put a nickel cover on it so I ordered a nickel trembucker cover from SD. When I install the cover on the pickup the fit seems way too tight. I'm thinking of buying a Seymour Duncan nickel cover, aging it, and putting it on a 59N pickup that I've been using in the bridge position of my humbucker esquire. And now explain how you do it for 7 string Pickups. Heating a pickup to take it apart if there is wax in the cover is not a big deal. Read on... Before I tell you about the $10,000 humbucker mounting ring, let me show you a couple of good installation tips: To cut down the height of a mounting ring, nibble it away with fret pullers. It’s not as solid as a wax potted cover, of course, but it’s also much easier to do. “But Maaaaatt,” you say, “Isn’t putting a cover on a humbucker really really hard? it's much easier to take covers off than it is to re-install them. Anyone here has any tricks on installing covers without the use of silicone, wax or solder? Take the cover off and it works just fine. I made these aluminum clips for installing humbuckers, and they’ve become must-have items on my bench: they hold the springs, screws, and mounting ring together in one piece. Messages: 780. I heard there was an ancient ritual involving melted wax and tongs! Posts: 2,398. Example 6. Example 7. Your mom can rest easy. The pickup mounting ring in the photo at left cost less than four bucks, and it isn't much different than the $10,000 one I was asked to repair. Works well and I’ve had no problems with squealing etc on my my jazzbucker loaded Hagstrom Super Swede despite using zvex super hard on, catalinbread cb30 and fuzzface/tonebender . Nut/saddle shaping files clean up the bottom edge, and a final pass with a scraper blade leaves it as smooth as new. Step 5: Heat up the soldering iron on its highest setting. One important thing to note with this method: when you buy a covered pickup brand new from Seymour Duncan, the cover is wax potted onto the pickup. Read on... After faking a circular screw-head "wear mark" around the newly-drilled hole, the mounting ring was ready to go back onto the vintage Les Paul. Instead, I nibble the ring down to size with fret pullers. 1. I am here to teach you the quick and easy way to put a nickel-silver cover on a humbucker. It’s also a good idea to rough up the base plate of the pickup unless it already has some solder spots on it. It’s always best to use a high wattage soldering iron for a short time, as opposed to a low wattage iron for a long time. I took the job.. A chunk had broken out of it around the treble-side mounting bolt. This helps the solder adhere to it. The pickup mounting ring in the photo at left cost less than four bucks, and it isn't much different than the $10,000 one I was asked to repair. If volume and gain are a big concern in your band, consider going with wax potted covers. Copyright © 2020 Seymour Duncan. I would like to install aged nickel covers – with no holes – on my SD humbuckers. They both squealed like stuck pigs. I know to solder the cover to the baseplate, but do I need to make sure the inside of the cover on the top (the area above the pickup bobbins) is wax coated or anything? Just mark a line to trim to, and nip away the plastic. Position it so that it doesn’t cover the screw coils of the pickup. Wolfetone began making high-quality pickups in … I tried two pickups with covers that weren’t wax potted: Seth Lover neck model, and a Jazz neck that I soldered a cover on. Say I wanted to install some of those no-hole plastic pickup covers on some standard-size humbuckers. The inlay went directly through the hole, so I had to re-drill it. It should fit snugly but easily over the pickup, and the pole pieces should fit right through the holes. A customer sent me this pickup mounting ring for repair — not a guitar, just the mounting ring! You want to flash fry that pickup, not slow roast it. The corners of the ring are thicker, so I use my larger fret cutters there. Sand the Inside Edges of the Humbucker Cover. Humbucker pickup covers come in chrome, silver and even gold. Great article. Hey can someone help me? Then the final assembly is easy, and you won’t be monkeying around fitting parts while trying to protect your new lacquer! Installing covers on humbuckers Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Ed P, Nov 28, 2011. I have a Gibson SG Special Faded, the two humbucker pickups are not covered, there is a tape around them with wax but i want the vintage SG look and put on some nickel humbucker covers. Granted, I play hard rock with a decent amount of gain. My mom won’t let me use the stove … not after last time!” Not to worry! If you have a good fit, pull the cover off the pickup and proceed. This creates a rock solid link between the pickup and the cover, and is the best guarantee you won’t experience microphonics (a.k.a. Not all humbuckers are the same size, so be certain you have the right cover before you proceed. Step 2: Use the sandpaper to rough up the inside of the pickup cover. Wait a few seconds then apply a small amount of solder. Potting is on the coils...The cover on a humbucker is not part of the "unpotted" pickup magic--it is the wire on the pickup. Nice post Matt. I believe soldering is required somewhere in the process. Put the cover over the humbucker as a test fit. Im thinking I want to add chrome covers to my Epi 67 Flying V Reissue... how difficult would this be? So, I'm about to retire my cheap Ibanez Gio GAX70 and I wanted to classy her up a bit before putting 'er on the wall. share. Single-coil size humbuckers with side by side coils have coils that are so close together that reversing the installation direction does not have an audible effect on the sound. All rights reserved. You will need to attach the cover on the ring and then place it on the body of the guitar. Use your fingers to put pressure on the tape, then carefully remove the backing (if your tape has backing). Spray a cloth with window cleaner and use it to clean more tenacious grime build-up on your humbuckers. I finished-up by scraping and sanding the repair smooth all the way up to 8,000-grit Micro-Mesh sandpaper. hide. You only need to rough up the long sides, because that’s where we will be putting our solder spots. Since they're plastic do I have to worry about unwanted noise as I would with any other cover? Better yet, if you know of an even better or simpler way to attach pickup covers, I’d love to hear about it. I have a flying v faded and want to cover the pickups. Or you’re looking to class up your axe with some covered humbuckers, but you don’t want to go through the hassle or expense of replacing the pickups. Announcing the Eric Steckel Signature “Candy” Humbucker Set, a good soldering iron, at least 40 watts, preferably with a chisel tip. Installing a humbucker can be pain in the neck. Some say that wax potting the cover has unfavorable effects on the tone, and prefer pickups that are attached using the method described here. it softens the magnetic field slightly. Then I just set the whole assembly over the pickup and turn the mounting screws into the pickup’s threaded tabs. At this point the cover should be firmly secured to the pickup by the tape, but we’re not quite done yet. Using a cover hides this. DON'T MISS A BEAT, sign up for StewMac news, Exclusive: 10% OFF Waverly Anniversary String Winder, Plastic Mounting Rings For Humbucking Pickups, Find the proper fret position with the official Stewart-MacDonald Fret Calculator, Stewart-MacDonald is PCI compliant and validated for secure e-commerce. How to install humbucker covers? If you did everything right, the solder should flow nicely and adhere to both the base plate and the cover. I’d like to know this too.. Of course, with a price within reason. How to Install and Remove A Humbucker Cover. This protective cover is the same wool felt that covered the finish and setup benches at the old Gibson Factory in Kalamazoo. I notice a slight change in tone with the covers compared to uncovered. 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