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Am I a hack for splicing pickup leads?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by grateful.ed, May 18, 2011.

  1. grateful.ed

    grateful.ed Member

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    I didn't want to mess with soldering pots or the switch, so I spliced, soldered, and taped. Just the middle pup (dimarzio sds-1)

    This looks a lot better than the white one too.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. DGDGBD

    DGDGBD Member

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    I must admit that I've done in the past with my epi dot 335. Hey, it works!
     
  3. CharlyG

    CharlyG Play It Forward

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    Why yes, yes you are. {;^)

    :spit
     
  4. JefeMaximo

    JefeMaximo Huge Member Silver Supporting Member

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    If you soldered, you're only a semi-hack....
     
  5. arthur rotfeld

    arthur rotfeld Member

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    I splice pickup leads, I think it's totally fine.
     
  6. grateful.ed

    grateful.ed Member

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    Write yourself a note:

    Don't buy a guitar from me on the emporium unless it's stock:)
     
  7. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Supporting Member

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    So you cut corners installing the pickup yet you STILL soldered? :bonk

    If you're going to be a real hack, the iron must stay in the drawer. ;)
     
  8. grateful.ed

    grateful.ed Member

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    I wanted that hack connection to be SOLID

    It sounds great.
     
  9. Tone_Terrific

    Tone_Terrific Supporting Member

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    Don't mention such action around here.
    It would not pass the 'white glove in the cavity' (of the guitar:omg) test.
    Still, on a Tele? :huh
     
  10. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes - you're a hack, and I bet it sounds terrible. :)
     
  11. grateful.ed

    grateful.ed Member

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    This may inadvertently cause every seller in the guitar emporium to have to include gut shots if they swapped pickups.:facepalm
     
  12. donthasslethehoff

    donthasslethehoff Supporting Member

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    You have to use shrink tubing. Not only does it have the potential of convincing a buyer that the swap was done by someone who actually knows what they are doing ("Unfortunately, some doofus cut the leads on a really killer sounding pickup...", which apparently is somewhat true), it also prevents the same buyer from requesting the insulation be removed for a closer look... At which point all bets are off. ;)

    Not that I condone that type of behavior, because I don't. :)
     
  14. supa-fuzz

    supa-fuzz Member

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    I found wire nuts in a guitar before...no kidding:facepalm
     
  15. SW33THAND5

    SW33THAND5 Member

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    i have cut leads, used solder, then heat shrink tubing before. but not as a general rule
     
  16. smolder

    smolder Gold Supporting Member

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    Can you still claim virgin solder on the pots? that's what sells a guitar.
     
  17. beckerman

    beckerman Member

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    I'd have to say yes. It's lazy and half-a$$ed especially since you have a soldering iron and know how to use one.

    Seymour Duncan has a new product for those lazy days

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/liberator/
     
  18. Thepilot

    Thepilot Member

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    oh a tele, yeah...

    on a 335 it's understandable. if redo a 335 i make "lead extensions" that go from the pots all the way to the pickup cavities.

    so to change pickups you just bundle up the lead from the pickup, then solder to the extension- can change pickups without having to deal with the f-holes this way.
     
  19. brianr0131

    brianr0131 Member

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    Kinda depends what kind of tape you used. Electrical tape is a known tone killer.
     
  20. ef_in_fla

    ef_in_fla Member

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    Splice, twist, electrical tape, and done. (Brushes hands off in a *that's that* fashion.)
     

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