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Pickles

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Direct mounting pickups
« on: February 28, 2020, 12:09:25 PM »
I've just gone to swap out pickups in one of my guitars and they are direct mounted to the body. The issue that I have is that when I go to screw the new ones in the old screw holes are now wider so they aren't gripping. I was thinking that maybe the old match stick and wood glue trick might work but wondering if that's a good idea in this case or if there's a better option. I'm sure I'm not the first person that's come across this problem so hoping someone can give me some advice. Thanks.

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Re: Direct mounting pickups
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2020, 06:30:53 PM »
Match sticks will work and there is nothing wrong with that. I have seen all kinds of weird stuff used, including plastic.

This doesn't help you now, buy may in the future: when screwing and unscrewing metal into wood you need to try to use the same screws and line up the threads before screwing it back in.

Here is what I do;
- I lightly line the screw up and use weight of the screw driver to apply down pressure - don't push down.
- I lightly twist the screwdriver with my finger tips, COUNTER CLOCKWISE - as if I was unscrewing it - until I feel the screw "click" into place.
- Then I slowly screw the screw back in.

... This prevents cross threading the holes which eventually wares out the hole.

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Re: Direct mounting pickups
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2020, 08:28:53 AM »
Thank you for the response. My problem now is I can't seem to raise the pickups high enough without the screws popping out :( It's weird cos the stock pickups have the same length legs as the BKPs. One suggestion I'd had was to use springs but I'm not sure if that's help or not.