#1
Does anyone here change their own pickups? Is this something that is pretty self explanatory when you open it up and take them out? I haven't really been able to find a good source online telling how to do it.

If I were to take it to a shop, how much should I expect to pay to replace 2 sets of humbuckers?

Thanks!
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#2
First of all, a shop will most likely overcharge you. They've got to make a living somehow right?
Secondly, you could **** it up, but probably not too badly (unless you were really retarded).

Just make sure you are confident at soldering and that you've researched it at least a bit before you start.
#3
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First of all, a shop will most likely overcharge you. They've got to make a living somehow right?
Secondly, you could **** it up, but probably not too badly (unless you were really retarded).

Just make sure you are confident at soldering and that you've researched it at least a bit before you start.


If I could get a shop to do it for $50, it's not worth the headache, but if they want $100 or something, then I'd probably look to do it myself.
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Edit: she knew I wasn't wearing a condom.
#4
I paid $20 at a local music store to have my pickups changed, and that included tone and volume pots.
#5
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I paid $20 at a local music store to have my pickups changed, and that included tone and volume pots.


It wouldn't even be worth me taking the screws out for that.
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Edit: she knew I wasn't wearing a condom.
#6
Yeah, it really depends where you go.
My local music store would probably charge you that ($100) simply because they can (no competition).
But head out of town a bit and there are a couple of independent music stores that would do it for about $15.

If you're willing to spend up to $50 to avoid the hassle, then go for it. Ask around at a few shops first though, that's always a good idea.
#8
hmmm you could always go to the pickup manufacturer websites and look up for some guides in which they show you wiring diagrams and all you need is a soldering iron, solder and some hand-eye coordination also patience helps
#9
don't go to a big music store, they will rip you off. i found a local guitar tech who changed the pups on my strat AND gave the guitar a good set up for £30 (about $50 US).
I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.
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#10
guitar centers are about $40 per pickup.
local shops around $20 per pup.

if u needed a tutorial, we can pretty much talk u thru it.
ull need a $10-15 soldering iron kit. radio shack sells them.
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#11
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all you need is a soldering iron, solder and some hand-eye coordination also patience helps


None of which I have, minus the hand-eye coordination anyway.
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Edit: she knew I wasn't wearing a condom.
#12
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None of which I have, minus the hand-eye coordination anyway.


you should be able to pickup the soldering iron and solder from any Electrical specialist shop. iron should just be around 30 watts or less i believe. the solder should be rosin core and a 60/40 ratio
#13
Quote by forgop
If I could get a shop to do it for $50, it's not worth the headache, but if they want $100 or something, then I'd probably look to do it myself.

The reason it's costs that you're paying for the labor of whomever to do what you're asking. If you do it yourself, it just costs you your time.
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#15
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My shop does it for free if you buy the pups from them.

Look around. It wouldn't hurt you to learn how to do it though. It's just wiring.


I know, but when I'm working 80 hours week and clearing 6 figures/year, I'll pay the $50 if that's what it would cost. For $100+, I would consider it.
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Edit: she knew I wasn't wearing a condom.
#16
Cool-

I just called the place I'm getting my lessons from and they quoted me $30 to do everything needed. They only charged me $20 to lower the action on my strings as well.

Problem solved.
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Edit: she knew I wasn't wearing a condom.
#17
i put in my EMG's myself, but its not an easy task to do right with the little directions they give you. Get some friends to help you and you need to know how to solder well