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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by cmanner, Jan 6, 2020.
What size screwdriver works best for pickup screws?
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.
Different pickups have different screw head sizes. There isn't a "pickup screw" size.
Those are most likely #1 Phillips.
I think this is a #4 wood screw.
And a #1 Phillips screwdriver should fit it perfectly.
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!
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
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.
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.
I appreciate the feedback! Thanks to everyone.
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