E7 bullet rescue/rehab

daan

Squier-holic
Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
That's pretty strange. So the blue-green coil wrapping tape stuck out past the edges of the bobbin? Or did the bottom edge of the cover catch and tug the wires?
I’m pretty sure the cover pulled the wires off. I THINK that’s why most single coil pups have the triangle shaped bobbin, for a more secure wire end.
 

daan

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Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
I’ve had a few guitars with “Select by EMG” pickups, and they sound fine. Plus they have the same bobbin shape as these pups do! Now if I can only find some that aren’t stupid expensive...
 

daan

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Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
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Ok got the pickups sorted. “Black Ice” singles for all of $7 each. I was looking at EMG’s, “Jackson J-100’s”, Lace Sensors, etc and these popped up on my feed. I could buy four of these, for what one used Select would go for. I know they don’t match the bridge pup, since they don’t have pole pieces, but I’m OK with that.
 

daan

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Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
The singles fit in the stock rings just fine. The bridge pup the guitar came with, has 3 mounting screws instead of the usual two, so I had to get a new ring for that pup. All the plastic stuff the guitar came with, is filthy, scratched and looks old, so I’m sanding and polishing it all. Oh, and I got new screws because all the screw heads were rusty.
 

daan

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Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
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One step forward, one step back... The bridge pup has “ears” on the metal base plate that’s just a hair bigger than the rout in the guitar (grr) Now I need to decide if I’m modifying the pup, or the guitar.
 

daan

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Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
Good score! Did you have to enlarge the trim rings any to fit those in? Looking forward to your comments about how they compare to the original ones.

The new pickups fit perfectly into the rings, no modifications needed. These have metal baseplates, and they’re around 6K, so I know they’ll sound different than the stock ones. Just HOW different remains to be seen, though... I’ve had lots of Squiers and other guitars with Ceramic-magnet singles, and the stock pups really didn’t sound very good. (MIM Strats with Ceramic pups sound the best IMO, just like what a Strat is supposed to) The stock ones seemed like, “We know you’re gonna use the bridge pup 90% of the time anyway, so we’re just putting these (N+M) in because we have to...” or something.
 

Michael7

Dr. Squier
Jan 12, 2010
6,379
Virginia Beach, VA USA
One step forward, one step back... The bridge pup has “ears” on the metal base plate that’s just a hair bigger than the rout in the guitar (grr) Now I need to decide if I’m modifying the pup, or the guitar.

You said you had a new trim ring for the bridge. You will probably find that its mounting screw holes don't match the ones already in the body. You might end up having to drill/dowel the old body holes if the new screw holes need to be closely adjacent to the old ones. If so, you may want to go ahead and open up the 4 corners of the pickup rout at the same time. If you try to mod the base plate of the bucker, you could end up with metal swarf stuck in the windings.
 

daan

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Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
You said you had a new trim ring for the bridge. You will probably find that its mounting screw holes don't match the ones already in the body. You might end up having to drill/dowel the old body holes if the new screw holes need to be closely adjacent to the old ones. If so, you may want to go ahead and open up the 4 corners of the pickup rout at the same time. If you try to mod the base plate of the bucker, you could end up with metal swarf stuck in the windings.

Yeah I think modding the body will be easier (or at least safer for the pickup) The mounting ring holes are 99.5% the same for the 2 rings, so I won’t need to redrill anything. The new ring will cover up whatever I do to the rout, too.
 

daan

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Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
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Still picking away at this. I come home and wipe another coat of filler onto the ... missing chunks. It doesn’t look any better, but it’s getting close to flat. I have, like, 6 painting projects right now so I don’t WANT to have to paint this, but I might have to. My idea of trying to buff out the sticker discoloration isn’t really working, and I do have that can-o-Pearl White paint kicking around... hmmm....
 

surf green

Squier-holic
Jul 15, 2014
4,130
RI
Hang in there Daan, you may be only half way home, but it's all downhill once the sanding is done.
 

daan

Squier-holic
Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
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Yeah, it’s just not gonna look even ever, so now the plan is to go full bore on the refinish. I just need to decide if it’s back to white, or go nuts with Glitter paint...

 

daan

Squier-holic
Oct 21, 2013
2,997
Twin Cities
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I did this shelf with Krylon Glitter Blast, I didn’t really follow any of the prep directions and it’s held up just fine for 5-6 years now. So it should work just fine on a guitar body.
 


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