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is it best to go to a repair shop or is it do-able
then you just copy the wires or use the wiring diagram that you (should) get with them.
Otherwise i'd take it to a shop.
I'm considering doing the with my jazzmaster... can't find the fender wide ranging humbuckers at a good price though. :-(
with the exchange rate as it is thats £55 for a set (I think), though personally I think jazzblasters are an abomination
It's better to go to a repair shop because then you can just go smoke some weed and come back two days later and they've like, totally done all the work for you!
If however, you're one of those people who actually likes doing things, then yeah, it's not that hard if you FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS.
but i like to trick myself into thinking i can do it
but a guitar pick up change isn't tricky at all if it's just a like for like switch.
if you're wanted to replace a single coil for a humbucker that's more tricky because the wires don't match up (i've never tried this because it scares me).
so basically just what 'yes_' said.
just practise soldering on stuff that doesnt matter much
might give it a shot, but does anyone know how much the going rate for someone else to do it?
if you can solder and have done it before, so i imagine an experienced guitar tech would do it in minutes and would be pretty cheap...
maybe £15- £20, i don't really know.
me: how much to change the pickups on my uitar?
them: what is it?
me: a jazzmaster
them: I wouldnt want to do it
me: um, why?
them: I've had nothing but problems with those guitars.
then he hung up on me :( its kind of knocked my confidence I could do it myself
I think the pickups on a jazzmaster are mounted in a slightly funny manner- not to mention the wiring is quite complex. If it's a straight like for like swap it can't be too bad..
I think most of the probs with jazzmasters are in the setup (crap bridge) rather than the sound.
seymour duncan vintage ones, so I think the wiring is exactly the same, I know the two circuits must make them abit more difficult but the guy I phoned is really old and has owned a little guitarshop for years, I thought he should be able to handle it.
All the wiring diagrams are on the seymour duncan website, I think they have a forum as well if you get stuck.
could make it more tricky.
cos of the phase switching and stuff, i wouldn't want to do it, but then it's not my job...
but really if you find a decent step by step guide you can't go too far wrong...
maybe you should go for it and if you fuck it up you can get it repaired?
i don't think you can cause too much damage by soldering something to the wrong point.
I've been thinking of swapping my thinline tele for a jazzmaster for a little while now, what do you think of yours?
i love the way they look and i think they sound pretty good, i'm just always hearing of 'quirks' with them, like the weird bridge and all that.
I think an adolescence of listening to Sonic Youth too much has 90% convinced me to get one anyway...
providing you know how to solder and can read a wiring diagram.
What guitar are you going to be replacing them on?
as long as:
i) you know how to use a soldering iron properly
ii) you're just doing a direct replacement of one p/u with another.
Just use the soldering iron to remove one wire, then use it again to stick the new wire on... simple :)
a good place to get more of the appropriate wire from out of interest? I want to wire up an old guitar and have detroyed the wiring that was already in there. oopsie...