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kwm488



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: How to potting pickup Reply with quote

Hi
I own Duncan 59 pickup(with cover)
I desolder and take out the cover, because I need to change gold color cover. I set the solder temp too high, so lot of wax is melt and go out of the pickup.

So should I need to potting the pickup again?

If yes, what wax I should use?
Can I just use the candle to be wax?

Thank
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RolandR



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would not be too concern. I would just install the new covers and see if you experience a "microphonic" pickup.

All the was (plotting) does is prevent moving parts.

Hope other chime in with their opinions.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

play nice Roland
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what? Am I missing something (besides not proof reading my post) Laughing

... personally I hate the wax when removing the cover. Its hard to solder the new cover with all that wax. I know a few boutique builders plotting pickups as an option claiming many guitarists prefer microphonic pickups.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like them slightly microphonic... gives them character...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL, that too funny.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Duncan Seth Lover is not potted, and IMO one of their best sounding pickups.

Anyway, here's how Lindy Fralin does it.

http://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/a-lindyfralin.html
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uhm,

Is it feeding back excessively? If it isn't, why bother? I also agree with Vince. A tiny bit microphonic is good.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never heard of anyone potting humbuckers ... isn't potting done mostly on single coil pickups?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kregg wrote:
I've never heard of anyone potting humbuckers ... isn't potting done mostly on single coil pickups?
Yes, some pickup manufactures dipped them in wax like Seymour Duncan.

I experienced the same thing kwm488 experienced, excess wax melting everywhere trying to get the cover off.
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kwm488



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Seth lover is good pickup. But it will get much feedback noise when turn the amp gain too much.

I am confuse, should need to pot the pickup again. Must of wax split out of pickup.

And can I just use candle to be wax, otherwise I don't know where to buy wax
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Mr. Clevername



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mount the pickup and play it first - you may not need to re-pot it.

If you don't like how it sounds, re-pot it. Read Lindy Fralin's stuff at the link above - I don't know where you would get wax wherever you are. I got it at the health food co-op, I think.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have a pretty good tutorial up on how to make a wax potting rig out of an old deep fat fryer, but it got hosed in the great Server Purge of 2010 - I'll see if I have the pictures and repost.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.mojotone.com/iMojo-Videos/Humbucker-Cover-Video

Watch that, it covers how to remove a humbucker cover neatly and also how to attatch a new one.

It answers pretty much all your questions. Interesting too- I like the Mojo Videos, no fancy stuff just straight to it using tools that everyone has
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The razorblade trick is a great tip.
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