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A Quick, but detailed process of installing new Pickups in a Fender Strat Style guitar from Brian Porter of Porter Pickups. We'll go over the tools needed, and the order for installing new replacement pickups. Often times, a good playing guitar can become a good sounding guitar with a pickup upgrade.Find out more about Porter Pickups at http://www.porterpickups.com
 
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Step 1: Tools For the Job

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Having the Right tools for installing your new pickups is key. You can do it fairly inexpensively. Here are some basic tools that are helpful for the job:
-Safety Glasses (Eye Protection is a must)
-25-40Watt Soldering Iron
-Solder
-Phillips Screwdriver
-String Winder
-Tweezers (Optional)
-Wire Cutters

Step 2: Remove the Strings

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Use the string winder to speed up the removal of the strings. It is possible to save the current strings but chances are you might need to change them anyways!

Step 3: Remove Pickguard Screws

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Remove all screws around the perimeter of the pickguard. Don’t touch the pickup or selector switch screws yet. If the strings can’t get out of the holes in the backplate, you might need to remove this as well.Remove all screws around the perimeter of the pickguard. Don’t touch the pickup or selector switch screws yet. If the strings can’t get out of the holes in the backplate, you might need to remove this as well.  

Keep Screws in a Safe Place!
Put all the pickguard screws in a safe place, so you don’t lose them. Nothing like having a pickguard with one missing screw!

Step 4: Remove Pickguard

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Flip Pickguard Over....
It will still be attached with the jack wires, and the ground wire to the bridge, so make sure you carefully turn it over and don’t pull too hard on it.
mrmerino3 years ago
Don't tap too hard! you can demagnetize your pups
porter pickups (author)  mrmerino2 years ago
true, just enough to check if it's working. We often use tweezers.