#1
Hello

Today I've experienced a scary moment in life where my guitar didn't sound as it should have.. I thought my pickups were ruined or something happened to them. For some reason they attract dust pretty quickly but I guess that has something to do with the static. Then I realized that my 3-way switch was in the bridge position so now it works perfectly again.

Anyways, I was wondering what can damage the pickups? Could dust even be a factor? If you have any leads please tell me possible things that can help me protect my pickups so they last for a long time. Thanks!
#2
Rust.

I wipe my pickups after playing, I dunno whether if helps or not. But it doesn't rust like my previous guitar's pickups.
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#3
After a while they can come microphonic (like my jacksons) I think to fix this you dip them in wax or something.
#4
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Hello

Today I've experienced a scary moment in life where my guitar didn't sound as it should have.. I thought my pickups were ruined or something happened to them. For some reason they attract dust pretty quickly but I guess that has something to do with the static. Then I realized that my 3-way switch was in the bridge position so now it works perfectly again.

Anyways, I was wondering what can damage the pickups? Could dust even be a factor? If you have any leads please tell me possible things that can help me protect my pickups so they last for a long time. Thanks!

Moisture.
Dicking around with the windings
Pulling them apart
Industrial strength magnets.

All those are things that could damage pickups, but generally speaking they're pretty indestructible as there's not an awful lot there to break.
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#5
Nothing. Pickups can't break through means other than direct physical assault (dismantling, cutting the wire, etc.).
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#6
^^ This. Ted Nugent claims his sweat has caused pickups on his Gibson Byrdlands to become waterlogged and ruined, but I've never heard of anyone else having this issue. I sweat buckets myself, but the only problem I've ever had was all the plating coming off the gold pickups on my old les paul custom, resulting in a horrible rusted/green appearance to them where my hands rested on them.
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#8
Well theres a few things that pop to mind. Moisure getting into unpotted pickups. Extreme heat melting wax if pickups are potted. Anything that can demagnetise the pickups like a big knock or years of polishing the poles.

Either way its pretty dammed hard to break a pickup and certainly not somthing that could happen with normal use. Frankly all I do is give mine a wipe now and again to keep em dust free and that, is only cos I keep my shit clean!
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#9
Pickups can degauss if stored close to one another for long periods of time. It is possible to completely ruin a pickup if it is stored close to a particularly powerfull pickup, or magnetic field.

Some players will degauss a hot pickup to mellow it out on purpose.
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#12
Being hit with a boss pedal
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Being hit with a boss pedal


I've dropped a Boss pedal on a pickup before. The pickup was fine.

It must have not been a real Boss.
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Being hit with a boss pedal


Haha. Then it tips over, catches fire, and explodes - like in The Simpsons.