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Humbucker Helpers

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Spring tamers for easy pickup assembly.
Dan Erlewine devised this set of steel clips to hold a humbucker together.

Installing the screws, springs and mounting ring on a humbucking pickup can be a pain, especially when the pickup's already wired into the guitar. The springs tend to go flying off while you're fumbling to hold everything together. Let our handy humbucker clips do the work instead!

This set of two simple stainless steel clips holds the springs, height screws, and mounting ring together as a single assembly and prevents the springs from flying across your shop. Just set it over the pickup, turn the screws into the pickup mounting tabs, and pull away the clips. They make a clumsy operation a breeze, with less chance of scratching the guitar top.

Thanks to Dan Erlewine for developing these handy helpers!
"They are always on my bench, I don't remove, or install, a humbucker without 'em!" — Dan

TECH TIP: Pickup installation is an easy time to scratch a guitar - use a felt pad to protect the top.


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Tricks for installing humbuckers

This week Dan shares two tips for installing humbucking pickups, including a simple jig you can make yourself. Also, he repairs a broken pickup ring that his customer thinks is worth $10,000!

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4.0

Springs drive me mad...

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These definitely help if you are the type that find yourself looking for wayward springs. (Raises hand...) I'll echo what others have said, there is an adjustment to get used to using them but once you do it's all good.

4.0

Does the job. Will scratch metallic rings.

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Does what you bought it for once you figure it out. Be careful, you can easily scratch metallic mounting rings with these. I put some tape on the inside of the top the second time and it helped some.

5.0

Simple but valuable

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These save you a lot of time and hassle once you get the hang of using them.

2.0

Too Short

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I found these not very helpful, and don't use them. The height is too short for longer screws, and the hole and slot too small for ease of use.

5.0

Second time around

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I did use these and the two pickups was mounted in a couple of minutes.

The first time (without the helpers) it took a long time, with many failed attempts and searching for that spring that got away somewhere ... again.

5.0

Very practical.

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Easy to use and quick to install.

2.0

Not that great

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Maybe I'm just one of the dumb ones, but these don't save me any time. The springs squeeze right through the slot, and some screws don't go through the hole. I spend more time trying to keep the spring from sliding through and all around the slot than it would take to just put the thing together.

4.0

Quicker than hands alone!

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This thing really speeds things along. 4 stars only because i felt kinda stupid that i couldn't figure how to use it at first and there was no instruction. I got the hang quickly though.

4.0

Little helpers

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Do what they say, thank you :)

4.0

Great tool!

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One of the most annoying parts about swapping humbuckers is getting the springs back in. This tool saved me from fishing around to see where that spring just popped off to. Thank you!

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