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A little question for those who are savvy in this area. I have two SD 59 pickups which I am going to install in my Epi Dot 335. The guitar currently has nickel covered pups. My SD's are plain black with no covers. I would like to maintain the same look if I could so I am wondering if I could re-solder the pup covers onto the new SD 59's.

I know, I know...The obvious question is..."why didn't I buy SD 59's with the nickel covers??" The answer is "I got a pretty good deal on these ones and I figured that if I couldn't solder the plates on them it would not be the end of the world!"

So, it would be great if somebody could give some direction. I'm just itching to get started! Thanks.
 

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Stratin2traynor said:
A little question for those who are savvy in this area. I have two SD 59 pickups which I am going to install in my Epi Dot 335. The guitar currently has nickel covered pups. My SD's are plain black with no covers. I would like to maintain the same look if I could so I am wondering if I could re-solder the pup covers onto the new SD 59's.

I know, I know...The obvious question is..."why didn't I buy SD 59's with the nickel covers??" The answer is "I got a pretty good deal on these ones and I figured that if I couldn't solder the plates on them it would not be the end of the world!"

So, it would be great if somebody could give some direction. I'm just itching to get started! Thanks.

Maybe you can use them. Measure the centre to centre spacing of the two outer polepieces of both pickups, standard is 50 mm (2 inches) but Gibsons bridge pickups are often 53 mm, and a gibson cover won't necessarily fit on an SD pickup. To make it more complicated, there is also trembucker spacing. You will probably want to pot the covers if you play really loud or use high gain.

Installing them is relatively easy but you need a really hot soldering iron to get them off and on (my 40 watter wouldn't do it, had to get a 80 watt with a chisel tip)
 

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Thanks for the tip. I'll have to decide whether or not I want to go to that trouble. I only have a 20/40 watt soldering station and don't feel like dishing out more cash. Plus, I can live without the covers...for now...
 

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Get a C clamp and use it to clamp the whole assembly together before you solder. Also, take a straight edge and put it across the cover to see if it is flat. If it is you are less likely to need potting. It's the ones that hump up that cause the problem. You can also use a piece of foam or bubble wrap between the coils and the cover.
 

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Well I switched pickups. Guitar sounds better but I don't like the look of it now without the pup covers. So....on my next string change I'm going to try to solder the pup covers on. Thanks for the tech tips and advice you guys.
 
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