Screwdriver size for pickup screws

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by cmanner, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. cmanner


    Oct 1, 2011
    What size screwdriver works best for pickup screws?
  2. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Get any multi-bit scrwedriver set with the magnetic bits, and the "small" size will fit. The "Precision" driver sets made for eyeglasses and small parts are too small, but you can use the larger ones for tuner screws.
  3. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Different pickups have different screw head sizes. There isn't a "pickup screw" size.
  4. cmanner


    Oct 1, 2011
  5. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Those are most likely #1 Phillips.
  6. cmanner


    Oct 1, 2011
    I think this is a #4 wood screw. D257BFD0-2D26-4D0E-966D-2D49F882D84D.jpeg
  7. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    And a #1 Phillips screwdriver should fit it perfectly.
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  8. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015

    Since most stuff comes from overseas, I've noticed my JIS screwdriver set works and fits best.

    They don't round out and grip better because of the angle.

    Look it up!
  9. Most of the time a Phillips #1 (PH1) fits the screws on my Rickenbackers and Fenders best.
    Occasionally, as small as a Phillips #0 (PH0)
    Rarely as large as a Phillips #2 (PH2).
    A Phillips #2 is probably the most common Phillips screwdriver around the house but is usually a little to big for Luthierie work.

    Likewise, its good to have a couple Pozidrive screwdrivers or bits available as well. Pozidrive are popular in European stuff. Here's a high quality Pozidrive #1 (PZ1):
    Wiha 31310 SoftFinish® Pozidriv® Screwdriver #1 Made in Germany | Wiha Tools USA

    Here's an article explaining the difference between Phillips and Pozidrive:
    Phillips and Pozidriv cross-head screws – explained in simple terms – PB Swiss Tools
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2020
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  10. underwhelmist


    Nov 16, 2018
    it was life-changing when I bought some JIS screwdrivers. Every old Japanese bike and car I bought had knackered screw heads because previous owners had been using Phillips screwdrivers on them.
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  11. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Oh yeah, I agree about Japanese-made screws needing JIS series screwdrivers.

    But the screws he's showing in the picture do appear to be American screws, made for a #1 Phillips screwdriver. Look at the little radiuses at the center of the cross. That's the Phillips design. Japanese and Reed & Prince screws don't have those radiuses; they have sharp corners.
  12. cmanner


    Oct 1, 2011
    I appreciate the feedback! Thanks to everyone.
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