Introduction

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

  1. Unwind your strings by turning the tuning pegs.
    • 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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  2. Unscrew the 11 screws holding the pickguard to the body of the guitar.
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    • 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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