#1
So...

I just got my new pickup, a DiMarzio Super Distortion (F-Spaced), which I plan to install in the bridge position of my Fender HSS Strat.
The problem is, this is my first replacement-pickup, and I have NO experience in modding the electronics of my guitar.
Is it easy, so I could do it myself, or should I pay somebody (like GC) to install it for me. I don't want to mess up my guitar...

And... does anybody know how much Guitar Center want for installing the pickup for you?

Thanks!
#2
If the new pickup has the same wiring as the old one, just take photo's of how it is now, and if you know how to solder then yeah its all good.

If you don't know how to solder... bad plan
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#3
were i in your position, i'd have it installed by a professional. Dont take any chances, and especially with no experience in wiring, you can't expect the best right?
Honestly. Wtf?


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#4
If you've got a soldering iron, if you're careful then it's easy. Have a good look at how the electronics are laid out, find the right wiring diagram from http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/ and make sure you know which colour wire's which.

When you're sure of what to do, cut the right wires, unscrew the pickup mounting screws to get it out; and install the new pickup.

Just take your time, read up on the basics of soldering (it's really not complicated) and you'll be fine. If you seriously doubt your capabilities at it, though, you may want to take it to a shop for them to do.
#5
Quote by monkeyman3dee
were i in your position, i'd have it installed by a professional. Dont take any chances, and especially with no experience in wiring, you can't expect the best right?


Ok, thanks.

I guess i will just take it to my local store and have them install it for me.
#6
Well provided he has a picture, the wirings the same, and he knows how to solder, what is the risk?
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#7
hey, sorry I'm diverging from the main topic, but what is f-spaced? I've been thinking about replacing a pickup and saw the f-space option, but what is it?
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#8
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Well provided he has a picture, the wirings the same, and he knows how to solder, what is the risk?


A lot. :p

I've never soldered before, so, after reading some of the comments, I will just bring it to a store.
#9
DO IT!!!

Also I doubt Guitar Center offers that service at all... At least my local one doesn't: they don't even have an official maintenance department for guitars or amps.

And it's only scary the first time; I've done several pickup swaps and such and they're really quite painless ordeals. Even wiring an entire instrument from scratch isn't any real trouble unless you don't have all the parts you need and/or don't take the time to do some research...
#10
Quote by ironman45
hey, sorry I'm diverging from the main topic, but what is f-spaced? I've been thinking about replacing a pickup and saw the f-space option, but what is it?


f-spaced pickups are for guitars with trem systems im pretty sure
#11
Quote by ironman45
hey, sorry I'm diverging from the main topic, but what is f-spaced? I've been thinking about replacing a pickup and saw the f-space option, but what is it?


I believe it is spaced for a tremolo system.. I think the narrow Mexican ones (2-1/6")


EDIT: Nevermind, it's not narrow spaced. I forgot, "F" stands for Fender- F spacing = Fender Tremolo spacing
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#12
Quote by ironman45
hey, sorry I'm diverging from the main topic, but what is f-spaced? I've been thinking about replacing a pickup and saw the f-space option, but what is it?

F-Spaced pickups are used for guitars with tremolos, like strats and Floyd-guitars.
#13
ok looks like i don't need f-spaced then, thanks guys
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#14
F - spacing corresponds to the distance between each string on the bridge of a floyd rose tremolo, so if you have such a bridge, you need F spaced pickups, or they won't reach..
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