Danzilla Posted July 29, 2013 Share Posted July 29, 2013 So I'm told that there are no stupid questions, but being a "veteran" I feel stupid asking this. Especially, after the fact. When installing new pickups, should the springs go between the pickup base and the body of the guitar, or between the head of the adjustment screw and the base of the pickup? Last night, I finally got around to putting pickups into a project Fernades Dragonfly, that I've had for 4 years or so. It came without tuners or the sustainer pickup, but had some great relicking (that's how I'm calling it) for free. It was really cheap, so worth being my first real project. Anyway, bought tuners a few years ago & put them on; I liked the neck, and the existing middle single coil & bridge humbucker sounded ok enough to want to do more to the guitar. I decided to go with GFS lipstick pickups all around, partly because I don't have any guitars with that style of pickup, and the GFS ones are available in black, to match the black hardware already on the guitar. If you look here you will see that the screwholes in the base of the pickups sit a bit lower than the rest of the pickup. The humbucker, while coming with a mounting bracket, also goes straight into the body cavity, without the mounting bracket. I went screw->pickup->spring->guitar cavity for all three. The neck pickup went down relatively far, then got really tight. Same with the middle pickup, but then I was able to force them down to an acceptable clearance below the strings. (I know, shouldn't have forced them.) Unfortunatley, one of the screws on the middle pickup is now stripped in the head. The Humbucker would not go down far enough, even with a great deal of pressure. If I played anything 15th fret or higher, I was playing the pickup as the fret. Eventually I got it down where it clears the strings enough to properly note all the way up to the 24 th fret. Unfortunately, I can't get it down low enough to be able to lower the saddles as I would like. And yes, at least one of the screw heads is now stripped, too. The good thing is, I surprised myself with my soldering job and it sounds really good. Minimal hum on the single coil settings; much less than I anticipated. Not as harsh as I expected, either; very balanced tones. So, did I put the springs in wrong? Should I have gone Screw->spring-> Pickup-> wood? Doesn't seem like it would actually raise the pickup any, to me; but I'm ready to be proven wrong. And in order to be proven wrong, how should I get the screws out now? And I guess I'd have to replace them with shorter screws? "Am I enough of a freak to be worth paying to see?"- Separated Out (Marillion) NEW band Old band Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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