Pickup parts - coil mounting screws

rocknrollmouse

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Hi,

I have some humbuckers I need to strip down to work on, as part of this I need to remove the coils from the base plate. Unfortunately the four screws which hold the coils onto the base plate have had the + in the screw head striped (from the state of the covers and now these screws, I'm suspecting I may not be the first one inside these).

Currently my plan is to use a needle file to file some new slots - this will let me get the old screws out; but I don't want to reuse them afterwards, I would rather replace them.
  1. I've called the damaged screws "coil mounting screws" in the post title, does anyone know if they have a proper name?
  2. The pickups are Kent Armstrong (Sky - so oriental), Does anyone know what size these screws are (I'm assuming each manufacturer uses their own size)?
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I had an old SD like that. I used my specialty pliers to get them out.


I'm not sure where you can get metric ones to replace those. Take a look at StewMac and Philly Luthier as they do both sell some parts for metric pickups.
 

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SM only has US spec ones but they are called humbucker bobbin mounting screws.
 

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If you can't find something guitar specific, there's McMaster-Carr. They likely have them although you'd have to figure out the thread.
 

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If you can't find something guitar specific, there's McMaster-Carr. They likely have them although you'd have to figure out the thread.
Thank you @Lester,
I've been looking for somewhere like that here in the UK! As you say the biggest challenge with finding replacements is figuring out the thread-sizes lol
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Didn't realized you were in the UK.

I usually go to the local hardware store and match u threads to the screws they sell there. I align the screws thread to thread to make sure them mesh 100%. I confirm by putting a nut of the same size on and testing.

They don't always have the correct screws in terms of heads, finish, length, but at least I get to confirm the thread even if they don't.

You can also buy thread gauges, but I don't recall seeing any for those really fine small screw threads.
 

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Philips Round head wood screws No2 1/2inch Brass. If your not fussed slot head will work.(unthreaded bit just below screw head is 2.02 mm thick.
Cheers
Andrew
 


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