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  1. jb_sg_61

    jb_sg_61 New Member

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    How do you pop off the cover plates to humbucker pickups. The soldering job that Gibson did is hardcore. Looking for all kinds of help and advice. Thanks
     
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    welcome to etsg 61! careful with those pups! some don't recommend removing them! but someone more experienced will be along shortly....here...wana beer while yer waitin? :D
     
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    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to ETSG jb sg......... welcome aboard! 8)
     
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    did you bring any munchies sixxer? this beer is giving me the munchies!
     
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    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    .... only the virtual ones.........! :lol:
     
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    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree with Skids against, but just out of curiosity, what is the issue you need to find out........? :roll:
     
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    (skids sends out the bat signal.......) :D
     
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    Use a decently high wattage iron.

    It helps to get most of the solder out with wick or sucker.

    Put some card stock between the pickup and cover as you solder to prevent resticking.
     
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    (CB to the rescue....!)
     
  10. ess

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    ok on the soldering iron idea, tried and tested for sure. but....
    i read somewhere to heat up a craft knife with a mini blow torch, ya know, plumbers jobs, and slice through the solder that way, quicker, and cleaner and less chance of having a meltdown inside the pup.

    only fer taking em off, wouldnt recomend soldering em back on wid a frikken craft knife. :?

    :arrow: :shock: :lol:
     
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    (And of course credit to Ess......) 8)
     
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    I suppose a can opener.....
     
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    skidshark Active Member

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    cutting torch? :shock:
     
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    I use a dremil tool first then carefully wick solder
     
  16. CharlieB

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    I've got this huge solder sucker.... with a trigger on it. Works great, was $15 at the local electronics place.

    It always seems like cover removal is best done after you grow two more arms as well.
     
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    it might be easier to grow 2 more pups? hehee

    would it be easier to have one person heating the solder and another using the sucker?

    ( i did it!...i did it!!....i edited the innuendo out of my own dang post!!!)
     
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    Good Kubiak.... <tosses a fish>

    I dunno... seems like I just get em hot, run a piece of card down in there, or if its real tight I'll just wedge it a bit with a small screwdriver... JUST A BIT not a lot of wedging please (no innuendo). You can always go back once they're apart, and clean up the excess solder.
     
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    what are the real dangers here CB?
     
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    Jaws-O-Life! A tried and true method of extracting helpless pups from suffocating soldered covers. :) Not recommended for first timers!
     

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