1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Getting Rust Off Of Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BassBoyLeroy, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. Whatsup TB,

    Recently I bought a '92 MM Stingray. I knew that the pickups were a little rusted, but they seem to have gone a little bit more down hill. Is there anything I can do to rid my beauty of its rust? Even if I can't, how will it effect(affect?) the tone?


  2. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Artist for: Nick Silver Pickups, Free The Tone Effects, Carr Amplifiers, PG Music BIAB, Ethos OD +
    The rust itself will not effect the tone, but if it is bad enough and has started to seep into the coil, then it could cause 'inner coil pole corrosion' or ICPC and short the pickup. This happens frequently with vintage pickups.
    You can remove the rust from the tops of the poles for asthetic sake. Don't use steel wool (As it is magnetic and will stick to the poles, which can also damage the coil if a piece gets in there)
    Use 600-1500 sand paper if you HAVE to. But a little Naptha or lighter fluid on a Q-tip is usually enough.

Share This Page