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


    Oct 15, 2002
    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.