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Attempting to Replace the Guitar Pickup Setup
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The guitar is a fairly complex instrument which requires in depth conceptual understanding. This is because it requires you to take good care of it in order to match up to your expectation levels. Even after buying a good quality guitar, you need to perform regular repair and maintenance jobs to keep it user friendly and in complete sync. Whether it's the intonation, the action or the guitar pickup setup; they all need periodic adjustments, replacements and monitoring.
A lot has been said about the apparent difficulty of understanding the pickup of a guitar. But, if approached in a methodical fashion it's not all that impossible to grasp. It's better to perform the pick up job yourself, because the choices vary from person to person. In case you outsource it, the replaced pickup might not suite your style and type of playing. Actually, you need to look at it just as a basic mechanical repair job. That will make it appear simpler.
To begin with, you need to remove the cover that's at the back of your guitar. Draw a basic diagram of the guitar pickup setup, and mark the pickup you are about to replace, with a red marker. This will help you to remember where it actually was, should you forget its point of attachment. Remembering this is important because the wires of the new pickup will be fitting just here. Next, you need to remove the solders of the ground and hot wires of the pickup you are replacing. Tape a wire or string to the ends of the ground and hot wires, to avoid future confusion.
After this, you need to remove the screws from both sides of the old pickup and remove it gently. Make sure to leave enough strings on both sides of the pickup. This completes the removal process and it is now ready for the installation of the new pickup. Normally, the new pickup will be accompanied by a wiring sketch. You just need to find out the colours representing the ground and hot wires. The final step is to attach the wires to the strings and solder wherever necessary. Finally, you need to secure the cover of the guitar.