#1
Hey there!

So ive been thinking about buying new pickups for my guitar. However, my guitar has nice chrome covers on the pickups and the new ones don't. So my questions are:
Is it hard/possible to remove the Covers without destroying the pickups?And would I be able to put them on the new pickups (dimensions)? And finally, would it change the sound significantly?

Thanks for reading!
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#2
Sometimes it is ok to remove, sometimes it isn't.

I'd recommend getting pickups already with covers on them if the look matters that much. Mounting rings might another option for you? They look cool.

What are the two pickups in question?
#3
not hard at all... get a soldering iron, soften the solder, then get it off with a screwdriver. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL NOT TO HIT THE COILS. THIS CAN AND WILL BREAK YOUR PICKUP.
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#4
Quote by oneblackened
not hard at all... get a soldering iron, soften the solder, then get it off with a screwdriver. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL NOT TO HIT THE COILS. THIS CAN AND WILL BREAK YOUR PICKUP.


Sometimes they can fall apart... Have to mind the bobbin and the wax, among other things.

Open coil pickups usually have cloth ribbon wrapped around the coils to cover the wax on the pickups, whereas ones with covers usually don't, at least, in my experience.
#5
Quote by AcousticLesPaul
Sometimes they can fall apart... Have to mind the bobbin and the wax, among other things.

Open coil pickups usually have cloth ribbon wrapped around the coils to cover the wax on the pickups, whereas ones with covers usually don't, at least, in my experience.

Still, the wire is so thin any sharp force to it will sever it requiring a rewind.
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#6
also you might have to repot the pup after you cover it.
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#7
the chrome covers on humbuckers smooth out the sound. if the pickup was meant to operate without a cover, it'll probably be kinda muddy sounding if you put a cover on it. Likewise, a covered humbucker with the pickup removed can have a harsh top end.
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#8
Quote by Blompcube
the chrome covers on humbuckers smooth out the sound. if the pickup was meant to operate without a cover, it'll probably be kinda muddy sounding if you put a cover on it. Likewise, a covered humbucker with the pickup removed can have a harsh top end.

Well... Epi's stock junkers are noticeably better without covers.
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#9
Ok cool thanks guys!
I think I wont bother with the covers the looks arent so important and i dont want to lose much of the sound.
Thanks for advice!!
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#10
Not true.

Nickel covers don't impact your tone noticeably.

I put covers on my humbuckers and didn't even notice a difference.

Don't be afraid to use the covers.
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#11
Quote by Mitchell?
Not true.

Cover's these days are made so they don't impact your tone noticeably.

I put covers on my humbuckers and didn't even notice a difference.

Don't be afraid to use the covers.

No... Brass covers do affect tone pretty significantly; there's quite a bit less high end fidelity. Most that come stock on guitars or on cheapish pickups are brass. Nickel Silver is better.
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#12
just to add a +1 here.

when specifically dealing with lower end, covered, stock pups.

taking the cover off can make the tone of the pickup noticeably better.

the problem is finding a lower end, covered pickup.
most starter guitars don't bother with the cost of covering their pups.

schecter, epi, maybe dean have some.


when dealing with an after market pickups Made Today, cover on or off makes little difference tonally.

and in a lot of cases, you can buy/order an after market pup with a cover, so have at it, if you like the look.
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