#1
hi, i want to take off the covers on my les paul, but i'm a lil scared to just take a screwdriver and go at it....

is there a proper way to do it? or at least tell me what i need to take them off

thanks in advance
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#2
I have been told that doing this is a big hassle. The pickups are covered in wax or something before they are coverered. I wanted to do this on my Seymour Duncans but I decided not to. If it is at all possible, I am going to get it done.
#3
so even if i took them off, theres nothing but a block of wax there?
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#4
Theyre dipped in wax before the cover is put on. I took the cover off the bridge pickup on my LP and then scraped all the wax off. it made a huge mess...and for the most part doesnt even look good up close. But, and I dont care what anybody says, it added a lot more clarity in the upper mid and the high ranges. it made the pickup sound more punchy and more balanced out.
#5
not exactly a bigass block of wax, but it is a significant amount. You could just use a heated blow dryer to safely remove the wax.

A good ideal would be to unwire the pickup first and work with it completely off the guitar. There's to big blobs of solder that need to be reheated and removed, then you could just slip the cover right off.
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#7
hmm i'll have to try that ^^^

but if i take the pickup out, i prolly won't be able to put it back in plus i'd prolly detroy that magnetic tape stuff around the pickup, thus being unuseable.

oh well, i'm still going to do it, i was just going to do the bridge anyways. maybe tomorrow though, i'm tired
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#9
Isn't the cover to sheild the pickup and reduce hum? Why would you take it off?
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#10
^The pickup cover is mostly for looks, and it muffles the sound a bit. I took off the cover off my bridge pickup, it's easy as hell. After the cover was off, I still wanted better harmonics and clarity, so I took a paint stripping gun (basically a very hot hair dryer) and blasted the pickup until all the wax dripped out. The results were just what I expected, which was significantly better/more harmonics, and a bit more clarity. It feeds back if I turn my amp up and then face directly towards it, but otherwise it won't unless I intentionally feed back. I didn't notice any hum or noise when not playing. I will say that I tend not to use a ton of gain, so I would only recommend doing it if 1. You are stuck with it until you change pickups, 2. You don't have a hollowbody (I think it would feed back like crazy) and 3. You don't play with a whole lot of gain. Volume doesn't seem to be the issue here; it's the gain. Metalheads won't want to do this one. It really did open up the guitar though, and I'd recommend it highly if you are sure it's what you want.