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Humbucker Helpers

Humbucker Helpers

Humbucker Helpers

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Humbucker Helpers

About This Item

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.


CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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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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5.0

Humbucker Helpers

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Verified Buyer


Wish I had bought these a long time ago. Really make replacing screw and spring assembly effortless.

5.0

Great Tool!

By

Verified Buyer


That third hand you've been needing for years!

5.0

A third hand

By

Verified Buyer


Something so simple that helps out immensely.That spring and screw combo was always a pain.This unit takes away that hurdle!So worth the investment!

2.0

A must have, and a must modify

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Verified Buyer


I've had been clicking on these helpers every time I visited StewMac for years. I finally ordered a pair and had several guitars coming through with humbucker installs. Perfect, I thought. I didn't consider that these things are bare metal and while in contact with your pickup ring are under tension from the spring. I don't think you could use these out of the box and not mark up the clear on pickup rings. A bit of soft tape on the contact surface seems to have solved the issue but I believe that should have been considered in design. Still going to use them everyday as modified. Thanks Stew Mac.

Response from StewMac


Hi Jeffrey,

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. Those Humbucker Helpers are deburred and will work as-is. But we love your idea of putting tape or something similar on the contact surface. I will pass that suggestion along to our product development team for their consideration.

5.0

Quite useful

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Verified Buyer


I have always done humbuckers without any help, even though it can be tricky. Recently due to a hand injury I have been unable to really man handle everying together at the same time so i thought id try these, they work pretty well! Ive always thought of making something for this, but hey StewMac's got me covered and they'll last a liftime!

2.0

Still a Frustrating Task

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Verified Buyer


Certainly for the price, this product should be designed to adjust to different lengths of humbucker mount legs. As said in a previous review, these don't work with shorter mounting legs, such as PRS humbuckers. At least, it doesn't make the task of installing them any less frustrating.

A new, better, adjustable design should be applied to this product for it to be promoted as an all-round aid for installing humbuckers.

4.0

The trick to these is ...

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Verified Buyer


I put these in my toolbox and when I needed them I couldn't figure out how they worked. Now that I've used them I understand.

I'm an amateur at best so I work on import guitars, mostly my own. Here was my problem; the adjusting screw on many imports is shorter than Gibson's. The adjusting screw has to be long enough to extend through the clamp for these to work.

Once I looked at the picture close enough and noticed that, I bent one of my clamps to narrow the space. Then it worked fine. I only modified one. Once I get one side connected I can get the other side the old fashioned way.

5.0

I Wish I'd Thought of This Idea

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Verified Buyer


A simple and easy solution to keep those springs from flying. Well worth the cost. I also wish I'd bought these sooner.

5.0

Helpful

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Verified Buyer


This tool makes installing the pickup rings much easier, no more fighting with the springs!!

5.0

Fabulous Tool

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Verified Buyer


These make what can be a frustrating job very easy. Best money I spent!

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