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How do i handle this?

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How do i handle this?

Postby Kory Pevoto » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:07 pm

This is just a technical question regarding a 7-string electric guitar and I didn't know where else to start this thread so if I am in violation please be patient with me. This is not a guitar I am building but rather I guitar I found at a pawn shop. How can I clean-up the messy strings on the headstock? Can't they be tucked inside of the tuners? Also, what causes a pickup to do what it's doing in the picture showing it raised on one side? I'm guessing it's an issue related to the screw holding it in on that side but I've seen this happen on my bass guitar as well. How can it be prevented?
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Re: How do i handle this?

Postby Peter Wilcox » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:30 pm

Kory Pevoto wrote:How can I clean-up the messy strings on the headstock?

Cut them, leaving about 1/8" sticking out from the pegs.

Kory Pevoto wrote:Also, what causes a pickup to do what it's doing in the picture showing it raised on one side? I'm guessing it's an issue related to the screw holding it in on that side but I've seen this happen on my bass guitar as well. How can it be prevented?

It's been raised too far (I presume) either inadvertently, or to compensate for low output of the treble strings, or because the screw hole threads have been stripped on that side and it's popped up. Try turnoing the screw clockwise - the pickup should lower. If not, the threads are bad and need to be fixed.
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Re: How do i handle this?

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:45 pm

Properly installed strings should go through the hole, and then be wound down the tuning peg almost to the bottom.
The remainder can be cut off. If you are not familiar with installing strings, look it up on Youtube.

Some players end up hitting the pickup with their hand, causing the one side to be lower. See if you can simply lift it if there is slack between the screw head, and the pickup. Otherwise loosen the screw to raise the pickup on that side.
Same as Peter said.
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