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Broken pickup screw - best removal method?

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

  1. Gentlemen:

    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
    DR Strings
    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.

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