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Fender Starcaster Pickups Replacement

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Pickups may become scratchy or unresponsive and may require replacement. Players may also want to change the sound of their guitar and decide to replace the pickups.

Paso 1 Pickups  ¶ 

Lay the pickguard back down on the guitar body. Take a wrench and unfasten the nuts around the potentiometer posts. Using a screwdriver, remove the screws that secure the selector switch.

Paso 1 Pickups  ¶ 

  • Lay the pickguard back down on the guitar body. Take a wrench and unfasten the nuts around the potentiometer posts.

  • Using a screwdriver, remove the screws that secure the selector switch.

Paso 2  ¶ 

Remove the screws from the pickups. The screw may not back out all of the way. When you feel it release, move on to the next screw. Once both screws have been freed, you may pull them out of the pickguard. Repeat this for all of the pickups.

Paso 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the screws from the pickups. The screw may not back out all of the way. When you feel it release, move on to the next screw.

  • Once both screws have been freed, you may pull them out of the pickguard.

  • Repeat this for all of the pickups.

Paso 3  ¶ 

Now that the electronics have been freed, you may remove the pickguard. Be aware of the pickup retainer springs. These are to ensure that the pickup remains at a proper distance from the strings when it is attached to the pickguard. Be aware of the pickup retainer springs. These are to ensure that the pickup remains at a proper distance from the strings when it is attached to the pickguard.

Paso 3  ¶ 

  • Now that the electronics have been freed, you may remove the pickguard.

  • Be aware of the pickup retainer springs. These are to ensure that the pickup remains at a proper distance from the strings when it is attached to the pickguard.

Paso 4  ¶ 

Heat up a pen-tip, soldering iron and lightly touch the solder on the end of the pickup wire. Gently pull on the pickup wire while melting the solder. After the wire is separated from the selector switch, remove any broken wire strands in the leftover solder with needle-nose pliers, while still heating the solder.

Paso 4  ¶ 

  • Heat up a pen-tip, soldering iron and lightly touch the solder on the end of the pickup wire.

  • Gently pull on the pickup wire while melting the solder.

  • After the wire is separated from the selector switch, remove any broken wire strands in the leftover solder with needle-nose pliers, while still heating the solder.

Paso 5 Strip New Pickup Wire  ¶ 

Use wire cutters to strip about 1/2" of shielding off the wire. Use wire cutters to strip about 1/2" of shielding off the wire.

Paso 5 Strip New Pickup Wire  ¶ 

  • Use wire cutters to strip about 1/2" of shielding off the wire.

Paso 6 Solder the Pickup Wire  ¶ 

Coat the tip of your soldering iron with new rosin core solder. Heat the wire and coat the exposed pickup wire with a small amount of solder - thus "Tinning" the wire. Melt the solder that is still on the selector switch terminal and quickly remove the excess solder from the terminal. Wrap the tinned wire around the terminal to make a good mechanical connection, before you solder.

Paso 6 Solder the Pickup Wire  ¶ 

  • Coat the tip of your soldering iron with new rosin core solder.

  • Heat the wire and coat the exposed pickup wire with a small amount of solder - thus "Tinning" the wire.

  • Melt the solder that is still on the selector switch terminal and quickly remove the excess solder from the terminal. Wrap the tinned wire around the terminal to make a good mechanical connection, before you solder.

  • Press the tip of the soldering iron onto the pickup wire and terminal. Add a little solder, until the solder melts and molds around the wire and terminal. Don't add too much solder (Solder Blob)!

  • Let the solder joint cool and become solid.

  • Lightly tug on the pickup wire to test the strength of the solder connection.

  • If the connection appears solid, reassemble the pickguard in reverse order.