Introduction

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

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.
  • 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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Unscrew the 11 screws holding the pickguard to the body of the guitar. 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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Desolder the pickups from the pickup selector switch using a quality soldering iron and soldering wick. Desolder the pickups from the potentiometers.
  • 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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Flip the pickup guard back to its original position. 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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Flip the pickup guard to reveal the wiring. 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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