Replacing the pickups on a Washburn guitar is a good way to update its sound and give it a whole new personality. Whether you are looking to change just one pickup or refit the whole instrument, installing new pickups is a fairly straightforward job and shouldn't take more than an hour to do.
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Things you need
- Wiring instructions
- Soldering iron
Purchase a guitar pickup for the model of Washburn guitar that you have from a guitar shop. Ask the guitar store clerk to advise you on the pickup you may require. Read through the wiring instructions that come with it.
Remove the strings from the guitar body to allow access to the guitar pickup you would like to remove. Using a screwdriver, remove the screws from the pickups you are replacing and carefully lift the pickup out of the guitar body.
Make any adjustments that may need doing to fit the new pickup. Adjustments that may be needed include adding extra screw holes into the body for a more secure fit. Take the opportunity to clean any dust or dirt off the body and out of the pickup to reduce any noise interference.
Fit the pickup into the recess of the Washburn guitar and attach the wiring in accordance with the instructions. Solder the wire tips onto the control terminals and run one wire from the control terminal to the grounding point underneath the guitar bridge. The wiring instructions will illustrate where exactly the grounding point is. This will make sure the guitar is properly earthed and therefore prevent any unwanted noise such as hum coming from the pickup. Screw the pickup into place using the screwdriver. Restring the guitar and tune it up.
Plug the guitar into the amplifier and test out the new pickups by strumming several chords. The amplified sound should be smooth and clear. If there are any audible problems such as popping or distorting, remove the pickup and check that the wiring is connected in the correct fashion.
Installing Pickups in a Washburn Guitar
Tips and warnings
- Whenever you are doing maintenance on an electric guitar, make sure it is not connected to anything before you carry out any work.
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