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    Default Gibson pickup covers remove?

    How do you remove them? Are they just soldered or screwed on? never have liked the look of them. The Les Paul is a very nice 2003 standard. Help appreciated.

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    They are soldered on the side I believe.

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    Be careful not to disturb the windings when removing the covers. Contrary to popular belief, nickel covers add allot of warmth and tonal nuance to medium gain humbuckers. My 76 Destroyer sounded brittle after I removed the pickup covers, so I soldered them back on and the huge tone returned. I can't speak for high gain humbuckers though (9k and up) but for a nice 7.70k to 8.5k pup the nickel covers only enhance the tone (rolling off the thin highs and fattening up the bass).

    ps. no attachment options so again can't post a picture, but if you have a dremel tool you can carefully cut through the solder holding the cover to the back plate (don't leave burrs that will catch the windings) or use a sharp file to cut through, again just be careful not to disturb the windings.
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    Start78, thats very useful. Yeh, it may make it too brite, but it will be interesting to try. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tranztek View Post
    Start78, thats very useful. Yeh, it may make it too brite, but it will be interesting to try. Thanks
    I think you should definitely try it, never mind the looks, it might sound better with your guitar! All guitars behave differently according to their wood density. I play mostly heavy wood guitars (hard ash and now mango) which tend to make for a brighter and even shrill tone, so I do what I can to offset that.

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    No need for a Dremel or any power tools and I wouldn't suggest using a soldering iron either as your pickup will act as a heat sink and you will most likely just end up with a big mess and a couple nasty burns.

    Just take an exacto knife and score the solder joints.
    Pull the cover off and clean off the wax and you're good to go!

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    So there will be wax around the pickups? Just scrape off?

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    http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/barmagswap.htm

    This links talks about changing out the magnet in the pickup, but the example is with a Gibson covered pickup so you will see how to take the cover off and what to be careful with. Basically, if you damage the winding (even one little wire) the coil will be done. I've done it. Just use the soldering iron to loosen the solder.

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