Hey there fellas,
This old 335 has belonged to a friend of mine for a while and we keep having the same trouble. You will see in the pictures that this humbucker is not built like a usual humbucker. The chassis is just a thin strip of metal and the back is covered in epoxy.
The problem, as you will see, is that the epoxy wore out over time and so the body of the pickup is free to float. I have super glued them together a bunch but it keeps happening. Have any of you veterans dealt with this before? I'm thinking if getting a 2 part epoxy and just covering the whole back again.


Also worth noting- I know for sure that these are stock pickups. He has a second one from '77 with the same pickups and that one had the problem once.
You're nuts. They sound incredible. If they sounded "like shit" I wouldn't be putting in the effort to keep them working.

But thanks for all your help.

i would just get some epoxy and use it like you have the glue. i dont see much other choice really if glue isnt doing the trick. but then again, ive never had to do that, soo what do i know =p
it seems like since they used epoxy, epoxy would be the way to go, unless theres another kind of glue that will adhere to metal and epoxy, i would think CA glue would do it, because doesnt it adhere just about anything? but it would also be a little more thin and probably brittle than epoxy.
caulk that baby on there

looking again, is there epoxy on the underside of the bracket too? like they just caked it on the back of the pup and over the bracket? if so, id scrape the bracket clean, take down the epoxy a little on the back of the pup, and do another layer over it. pretty sure thats what you said you were thinking about doing... id do it
Last edited by xadioriderx at Sep 19, 2011,
Yeah the second half of your suggestion is my plan. It looks like they put down epoxy and pressed the metal into it, then put more epoxy down. Gibson did some silly things in the seventies.
epoxy should do the job, If however you see some stuff called 'knead it' I would highly recommend it. Its a epoxy putty, so you imbed the bar into the putty, it'll set like rock, that way the force pulling at the bar will have a whole lotta epoxy against it.

this is the stuff i'm talking about:
I think you could file the epoxy a little until it's flat and then put a nut and washer on the outside bolts (polepieces) so that they overlap the metal strip.