#1
So I just got a new pickguard for my new strat and so I open up the guitar and find that the pickups are held on by some kind of substance similar to hot glue--- instead of springs. So I'm having a hard time getting the glued screws out and I don't know what I'm going to do when I put the new pickguard on to hold the pickups on. Anyone got any help? Thanks.
#2
I suggest some kind of industrial strength cleaning fluid; be careful not to let it contact your skin.
#3
also- do you NEED springs to hold your pickups on or would there be no problem if you just had the screws holding them?
#4
You don't need springs, but there does have to be something there to stop the screws moving in the pickguard. Screws rarely get a proper grip on the pickguard, that's why the springs are there - to provide tension on the other side so the screws are clamped in place.

On old Telecasters (and as I did on mine), you use a short piece of thin plastic medical tubing instead of a spring, works the same. Springs are just the most convenient way as they will provide enough tension no matter where you what height you change your pickup to.
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