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Pickups dropped out of their plastic cases

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by DownhillWillie, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. DownhillWillie


    May 22, 2007
    Hi guys, I just picked up a bass from e-bay and when it arrived I noticed that the P style pickups had dropped out of the pickup case covers (Dimarrzio P style DP-122's) anyway it obviously suffered an impact of some kind enough to jar the actual pickups out of their respective plastic covers. It looks like Dimarrzio originally puts a fine bead of either silicon or hard drying plastic glue on and around the bottom of the pickups and covers to hold them in place.
    Anyone know what brand or type of glue or silicon to buy to effect the repair? I'm thinkin any glue or silicon would do but if there is a pickup friendly product to use that'd be the way I'd wanna go....
  2. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars: Ulyate Pickups & StringJoy Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    pickup foam can be put under the pickups to help hold them up. glue....i know there is glue for electronics. i would stick AWAY from gorilla glue and similar to it.
  3. frankieg


    Jun 24, 2008
    Cleveland, OH
    I would contact the seller first and foremost and let them know what happened before I did anything. Then I would say +1 on the pickup foam. My MM Sub had 4 springs to keep the pickup and pickup cover together once screwed in. When I replaced the pickup, it being a different size, I then used the foam. However when you unscrew the pickup screws, the cover and pickup are not conncected or glued and there are absolutely no problems with this on my bass. Not sure on what kind of glue or silicone to use though.
  4. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    Its just hot glue from a hot glue gun no?
  5. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    I use melted wax to hold my bobbins in their covers, if they ever need repaired they can be easily be removed with a little heat.
  6. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    +1 on using foam

    all the best,

  7. musicelectronix


    Jul 8, 2007
    Hüstın, TX
    Lead Designer, Zeibek Boutique Pedals
    In my experience, while most Dimarzio Pickups are attached to their covers, Model P is an exception to that. Both Model P pickups I installed over the years came like this. I can't say with 100% confidence, because I purchased both used. But I think it should be a big concience if both pickups were removed from their covers and the silicon was throughly removed without leaving any evidence :)

    In any case, +1 to putting foam under the bobbins.
  8. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    +1 on the wax, and on the foam, oh and yes, ive used thoughs pups before, they come unstuck to the covers. i wanted it like that for my wooden pup covers

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