how do i remove humbucker covers?

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  1. Kiwirocker

    Kiwirocker Senior Member

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    hey im gettin my first les paul on monday and i what to see what it would look like without the covers but im not sure how to remove them...

    its a les paul custom
     
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    If you remove them, you would have to wax seal them back on, if you want to put them back on. But to remove you would have to unsolder then from the bottom plate, or cut the solder and they will pull off with some force. There is a small chance you can damage the pickup doing this. You could rip a wire out from the wax not seperating. Not recommended just to see what it would look like without it. Look online, you will get all the pics you want.
     
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    Don't use a solder gun ... the pickup will serve as a heatsink and you'll only end up burning yourself and making a mess.

    Just cut the solder joints with a razor and slide off the covers.
     
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    Kiwirocker Senior Member

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    well i was actually thinking of taking the bridge cover off... how do you think that would look?
     
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    I personally like the look of the nickel covers. You may not. I am sure you can find some pics of them off.
     
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    jkinnison90 Senior Member

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    To be honest you should just buy an open coiled pickup instead of removing the covers. I've seen some pictures of horrible colors underneath those covers. Also if you remove them you have a lot of wax to melt and tear off of the pickup.
     
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    A Dremel with a cutting wheel, if you have access to one, would be quicker, and you will be less likely to cut yourself. You may need to heat the cover slightly to soften the wax (if it is a potted pickup) to make it easier to remove.
     
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    Dnt do it its a mess
    When i got my new pups i did it to experiment

    The wax made a total mess

    +1 on buyin open coils
    Youll probably find someting with more mojo one of these days and put em in
     
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    I experimented with my stock pups when I replaced them as well. I removed the cover on one of them. I was able to take a toothbrush and clear the wax out. I also had no problem of the plastic being discolored. Maybe some of them do, but mine came out good. I am planning to re wax the cover back on. I think the stock Epi pups are actually real good. But obviously you can get better from SD or someone.
     
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    Kiwirocker Senior Member

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    ok if i was to buy open coils what would they cost?
     
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    Depends on what pup but roughly $75 a piece for a nice one.
     
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    Kiwirocker Senior Member

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    ok thanks for that
     
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    It,s been a while since your post, but check out guitarfetish.com. They have a great selection of custom made pickups at half the cost. They ship factory direct so thier cheaper. I put a set of paf's in my son's epi lp standard, they sound great.
     
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    KP Senior Member

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    Here you go, several iterations from stock to current...

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    I think this discussion was WAAYY over by now...
     
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    Damn Beerdog... I did not even look at the time date stamp.... oh well.
     
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    :D All's good brother.
     
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    I just took the bridge cover off and to my surprise, a zebra! I'm leaving the neck cover on. The wax was not a problem at all, there wasn't:slash: much on it and it was easy to get off. Looks great. :slash:
     

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    LOL! You do realize that you responded in a thread from October 2009, right?
     

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