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Broken pickup screw - best removal method?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by TheLarch, May 14, 2002.

  1. TheLarch

    TheLarch Supporting Member


    While taking out the pickups on my 1982 L2000 to slap some copper shielding foil in place, I somehow found a way to break a 20-year-old screw that was minding its own business. The screw snapped where the threading starts and while the pickup remains relatively stable, with half a shaft in place, I am going to have to find a way to remove the stub and replace it. It does seem like its in pretty good and I'm hoping that it hasn't cross-threaded or stripped the thread of the brass sleeve(?)/nut(?) that is in the body.

    Any suggestions on the best way to get this out? I tried needle-nose pliers but they just slip and I don't think there is enough clearance for vise-grips.

    Where would be the best place to snag a replacement?

    Sigh, I'm a maroon.

    Much thanks in advance for all help with this!
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    There are needle-nose vice grips available.
  3. Make a small incision in the screw with a saw or a dremel-tool if it's hard to reach.
    And then just use a screwdriver.
  4. HannibalSpector


    Mar 27, 2002
    You may be able to drill the screw out if other methods fail.