humbucker covers soldering, easy or?

JackButler

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So I am changing humbuckers on a LP that has been reliced, thus the covers ahve been as well. My new pikcups are coverd, but all shiny chrome. If I like them, woudl it be better to age them (I know how with etchant solution) or swap over covers? Pull off, pop on and solder? I worry abotu microphonics, etc.
Thanks
 

ManliusGuitar

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get some good flux and smear it where you cant to solded the cover to the baseplate. That helps abit. Make sure you scuff up the inside edge of the cover to get a better area for the solder to bond to. Its not hard at all, these steps will make it easier for you.

Mick
 

Dana Olsen

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Hey Scott -

Be real careful and make sure there are no solder beads attached to the inside of the covers, because when you slip the cover over the pickup anything not smooth, like a rough bead of solder that sticks out, could break a winding - that's basically a disaster.

We always put a piece of wood shorter than the pickup on the bottom and firmly (but not too firmly) clamp the cover to the base, then solder it. Don't flood it and don't leave the iron there too long.

Maybe one of our pickup winding members will pitch in here.

Good Luck, Dana O.
 

JackButler

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So, do I have to repot them when I swap covers or not? THe pu maker told me they should be. Dangit!
I also read to unscrew the one set of poles when replacing covers?
ANy ideas or further suggestions?
 




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