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  1. #1

    Join Date: May 2010
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    Direct-mount pickup is loose

    Turns out there was one consequence of my guitar abuse at the show last week.

    The bass side of my bridge pickup doesn't seem to want to seat down when I screw it in. It was knocked loose when the guitar fell, so I suspect that the screw kind of shredded the basswood on its way out and the screw has nothing to grab anymore.

    The treble side is alright but seems a little loose. I've compromised by loosening the treble side a touch and then the bass side seems willing to seat, but how do I fix this?

    I was thinking of stuffing some toothpick splinters into that little hole and trying to dig in again. Otherwise I can get something slightly larger at a hardware store. Thoughts?
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  2. #2

    Join Date: Jul 2009
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    Toothpick/matchstick + woodglue should sort it.
    I've fixed a strap pin hole that got stripped like that, and it's held for the past 3 years!
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    Yep. My 2027 has this "mod" done to it as well.

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    You could do that or you could just use a slightly bigger screw. Your call.
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  5. #5

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    Sounds completley broken and of no further use.

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  6. #6

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    I wouldn't even bother with the wood glue, just cram a toothpick in there then screw it in again. I've done this for strap pins and it worked just fine for me.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    yeah, no need for glue. just shove a toothpick or two in there, snap it off flush with the hole, and you're good to go.

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    Use the toothpick method. I tried using a bigger screw and it would hang up on the spring making it harder to move. I ended up using the toothpicks and original screw and it works great. This is in my RG7620 btw.

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