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Can this be fixed? (Q-Tuner)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Mental Octopus, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Mental Octopus

    Mental Octopus

    May 24, 2003
    So I have this really awesome looking pickup lying around, and I wanted to see if it sounds as awesome as it looks in a short scale bass of mine. So I fitted it in and was screwing the pickup down into the bass, but it's a rather tall pickup... the bottom of the pickup was pressing the bottom of the rout, it would be too high to use on the bass unless I did some additional routing... So I went to remove the pickup, and one of the wires broke off completely, presumably because it was bent so badly when I was installing the pickup. The other wire is also in a fragile state.

    Damn. It. So can this be fixed?


  2. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    The pic isn't showing up.
  3. Mental Octopus

    Mental Octopus

    May 24, 2003
    thanks, i think i fixed it. the pictures, that is...

    THORRR Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
    You'll probably have to excavate the epoxy like a "moat" around the stub of the wire and as a jeweler, I would use a ball-shaped bur to do it. Dremel might have something you can use. Check your local jeweler of hobby shop.

    Then, you're gonna have to get some solder into the stump and that's gonna require a sudden short blast of heat so as not to fry the insulation on the coil. You're gonna be taking a chance of ruining the pickup if you try this.

    If you were successful with the solder it would be easy to remelt the solder while shoving a wire into it for the join-up.

    If it were me, though, I'd own up to what I did and send it back to the manufacturer for them to remedy the situation. They've probably done it before and it would be worth the extra cost and time to get it done right. If you fry the pickup on your own, you're out the cost of the entire pickup.

  5. slowburnaz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    Yet another case for wax potting
  6. ouch, that's why I cringe when I see lead wires being part of the casing, they should have brought out the wiring to the outside as flat terminals, and then leads would be soldered on those terminals.

    I would definitely contact them
  7. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    This is your best bet.
  8. BZadlo

    BZadlo Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I'd probably just use the soldering iron to melt the epoxy around the wire. Then just solder the wire back on.
    Kinda of a design flaw.
  9. slowburnaz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ

    Which is really weird, actually... strangely enough, in Erno's book (the guy who makes the Q-tuners), he uses terminals that stick out of the epoxy potting, rather than simply running wires out like that.
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