Gibson introduced pickup covers in the 1950s, and Epiphone followed the Gibson example. Epiphone specialises in producing less-expensive versions of Gibson guitars. Pickup covers serve a variety of purposes. They contribute to the aesthetic appearance of the guitar, protect the pickup and slightly alter the tone of the pickup. The degree to which a pickup cover alters the sound of a humbucker pickup is a matter of debate among guitarists. The general consensus is that covered pickups have a slightly more mellow tone than uncovered pickups have. Removing the pickup cover may produce a brighter and somewhat more aggressive tone.
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Things you need
- String-winding tool
- Phillips screwdriver
- Soldering iron
- Razor blade
- Flat head screwdriver
Remove the strings from the guitar. Loosen the strings with a string-winding tool on the tuning pegs. Remove the strings from the tuning pegs, and then remove the strings from the guitar.
Unscrew the four corner screws on the pickup ring with a Phillips screwdriver. Place a soft cloth next to the pickup to protect the finish of the guitar when working with the screwdriver. Gently lift the pickup out of the pickup cavity. Unscrew the two adjusting screws on the sides of the pickup.
Heat a soldering gun for five minutes or until it is hot. Heat the solder all the way around the joint. Wear goggles to protect your eyes from the hot solder.
Insert a razor blade into the joint. Move the razor blade all around the pickup cover to cut through the solder seam. Wriggle the blade to keep the solder from binding as it begins to cool.
Pull the pickup cover off the pickup. Remove the wax residue with a flat head screwdriver or your fingernail. Wipe the surface of the pickup with a cloth to remove solder, dirt and debris.
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