Removing H.P. covers.

Discussion in 'Vintage SG' started by Roger Phillips, Sep 30, 2020.

  1. Roger Phillips

    Roger Phillips New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2020
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    My 1962 Standard/LP's back pickup isn't working again and suspect the braided wire into the p.u. is now delicate. Is there a preferred way of removing the cover; I've just looked at Youtube clip involving a soldering iron. If that's the best way what maximum wattage iron should I use? I had thought of going down the knife route thereby not losing any solder among the windings.
    I may have posted some time ago about how to access the bridge mountings- it has the ebony block with pearl inlays. I discovered that the ebony tailpiece actually slides back from the bridge on its felt underlay.
     
  2. donepearce

    donepearce Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2012
    Messages:
    4,663
    Likes Received:
    4,018
    Location:
    London, new hearing aid project - exciting
    Use the highest power iron you can find, with a nice chunky tip. The idea is to melt the solder quickly so the heat doesn't have time to soak into the pickup windings. Use a solder sucker or solder wick to mop up the solder as it melts.
     
  3. Bad Penguin

    Bad Penguin Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2018
    Messages:
    538
    Likes Received:
    423
    While the above is the cleanest way of doing it, simply using a thin flat head screwdriver to break the solder joint is the safest way. You don't have to worry about the heat doing damage to a coil.
     
  4. donepearce

    donepearce Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2012
    Messages:
    4,663
    Likes Received:
    4,018
    Location:
    London, new hearing aid project - exciting
    It still has to be re-soldered to put it back together.
     
  5. PermissionToLand

    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    2,235
    Likes Received:
    1,872
    Don't you have to worry about the screwdriver damaging it though?
     
  6. Bad Penguin

    Bad Penguin Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2018
    Messages:
    538
    Likes Received:
    423
    Not at all. It's not like you are pushing the screwdriver all the way into it. And as Mr. Donepearce pointed out, you will need to re-solder the covers back on. But that's easier and quicker then soldering them off.
     
  7. MetroGMP45Head

    MetroGMP45Head New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2020
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    2
    I myself wouldnt experiment with an original PAF, unless I was an expert with experience working with them. Ill also admit I cant use a soldering iron ect, but still, if one has to ask a question about desoldering one, power of the iron, using a screwdriver ect, Id let someone that knew 100000000% of what theyre doing work on it.
     

Share This Page