quick wiring ? . do I need to take the strings

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  1. neastguy

    neastguy Supporting Member

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    off to do a wiring change on a strat, or will the whole pickguard just slide out.. just need to jump a tone pot.... thanks.
     
  2. gkoelling

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    Not if you can get enough slack in the strings to slide the loaded guard out.

    I've done it before. You might want to put a cloth on the guitar to help prevent scratches.
     
  3. Mike9

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    If I'm not going to replace the strings here's what I do:

    Detune the strings - if you have Kluson's put half a round toothpick in each hole to lock the string in.

    Capo the strings at the nut, then capture the strings in strips of velcro further up the neck.

    Take off the neck and place off to the side out of the way.

    Then rewire your guitar and put the pickguard back in place.

    Put the neck back on, remove the velcro & capo and tune to pitch, remove the toothpicks and you should be good to go.
     
  4. scottlr

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    I have a large dowel that I slide under the strings after loosening them to hold them up and out of the way, plus I use a popcicle stick with a little duct tape wrapped on it to maintain my floating trem position as close as I can to where it was. Works pretty well.
     
  5. neastguy

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    i was able to squeeze it out under the strings.. but I have some slippage on the strings now.. vintage tuners..... might have to restring
     
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    My method maintains the tension enough so you don't have that problem. But restringing is cheap.
     

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