Introduction

You need working pickups to achieve an awesome guitar tone! Use this guide to replace broken or faulty pickups!

Image 1/3: Pull the strings out of your tuning peg holes. Image 2/3: Push the strings out through the back plate holes. Image 3/3: Use a string winder to speed up this process.
  • Unwind your strings by turning the tuning pegs.

    • Pull the strings out of your tuning peg holes.

  • Push the strings out through the back plate holes.

  • Use a string winder to speed up this process.

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Image 1/2: Keep the screws in a safe place! Image 2/2: Keep the screws in a safe place!
  • Unscrew the 11 screws holding the pickguard to the body of the guitar.

  • Keep the screws in a safe place!

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Image 1/3: Flip the pickup guard to expose the wiring. Image 2/3: Place a towel underneath pickup guard to protect your guitar's body. Image 3/3: Do not use excessive force when lifting the pickup guard.
  • Lift up the pickup guard gently.

  • Flip the pickup guard to expose the wiring.

    • Place a towel underneath pickup guard to protect your guitar's body.

  • Do not use excessive force when lifting the pickup guard.

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Image 1/2: Make sure to keep track of the negative and positive wires. Black wires usually indicate negative wires. Image 2/2: Pickups are usually wired to the potentiometers and pickup selector switch.
  • Take note of where each pickup is wired.

    • Make sure to keep track of the negative and positive wires. Black wires usually indicate negative wires.

  • Pickups are usually wired to the potentiometers and pickup selector switch.

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Image 1/2: Desolder the pickups from the potentiometers. Image 2/2: Excessive heat from the soldering iron can damage components.
  • Desolder the pickups from the pickup selector switch using a quality soldering iron and soldering wick.

  • Desolder the pickups from the potentiometers.

  • Excessive heat from the soldering iron can damage components.

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Image 1/2: Remove the screws holding the pickups to the pickup guard. Image 2/2: Remove the screws holding the pickups to the pickup guard.
  • Flip the pickup guard back to its original position.

  • Remove the screws holding the pickups to the pickup guard.

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Image 1/2: Remove pickups from the pickup guard. They should come out very easily. Image 2/2: Remove pickups from the pickup guard. They should come out very easily.
  • Flip the pickup guard to reveal the wiring.

  • Remove pickups from the pickup guard. They should come out very easily.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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