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Pickup height adjustment hole is stripped.

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by amstratnut, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    I could stick a piece of thread in the hole to make it tighter.

    Anybody got a better idea?
     

  2. Jimgchord

    Jimgchord Strat-Talker

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    Jan 29, 2016
    New york
    Try filling it with jb weld then drilling and tapping a new hole.
     
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  3. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Plastic or fiber?
     
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  4. Jimgchord

    Jimgchord Strat-Talker

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    Jan 29, 2016
    New york
    Or, depending how much room you have under the pickup, epoxy a nut to the underside
     
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  5. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    I had a little peice of a tiny zip tie from tying pupwires.

    I stuffed that in the hole and it worked.
     
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  6. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 26, 2014
    LAS VEGAS , NV
    Glad you got it sorted for now! In the future, J-nuts want to be your friend! Available in nearly any size and/or offset configuration you could ever desire!

    j-nuts

    Just My $.02,
    Gene
     
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  7. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    Looks good.

    Id have trouble identifying screw size. Especially since pups screws dont seem to follow typical thread sizes. Not my forte.
     

  8. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    Dec 17, 2017
    Here, there, everywhere....
    I had that problem the other day and just went to the hardware store and bought a thin bolt and nut.
     
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  9. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    Why not just using a bigger screw with the same head?

    All the best,
    Robin
     
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  10. PCollen

    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 13, 2014
    Florida
    I fixed this problem by getting a small nut that matched the threading of the pickup adjustment screw. Then I put a VERY thin coat of JB Weld on the underside of the pickup bobbin making sure that none got down the screw hole, inserted the pickup adjustment screw into the bobbin hole, threaded the nut onto the screw a few turns, and put the pickup upside down on the edge of a book so that the screw was hanging down and pulling the nut against the JB Weld on the pickup bobbin. Next morning, the nut was solidly attached to the underside of the pickup bobbin, and the pickup was ready to be re-installed.
     
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  11. PCollen

    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 13, 2014
    Florida
    Once installed, how can you adjust the pickup height with the nut not solidly fixed and able to rotate when the bolt (screw) is rotated ? You have to get it right before you put the pickguard on, don't you ?
     
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  12. PCollen

    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 13, 2014
    Florida

    Exactly what I did...see my post, above.
     
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  13. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    I appreciate all the suggestions. Most of them assume I have the patience to wait till the next evening after work for a trip to the hardware store.

    For now, my piece of plastic is working.
     
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  14. ukoldgit

    ukoldgit Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
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    Feb 20, 2018
    Wiltshire UK
    For a more permanent solution go to a sheet metal workshop and ask the guy's if they have any of these inserts, they expand into the re-drilled hole when the screw go's into them and are a nice secure fit.
    clinchnut.jpg
     

  15. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    56
    Dec 17, 2017
    Here, there, everywhere....
    I used JB Weld to hold the nut in place.
     

  16. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 26, 2014
    LAS VEGAS , NV
    A lot of good and inventive solutions have been mentioned. J-nuts are cheap, easy, effective and completely reversible/replaceable! Whatever floats one's boat, but I know what works best for me. Of course, I'm a hardware and tool junkie! :eek: :D
    YMMV,
    Gene
     

  17. DickyA

    DickyA New Member!

    Age:
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    2
    Aug 30, 2018
    New England
    Assuming non-metallic base plate:
    Detach pickup
    Coat mounting screw with Vaseline
    Screw in mounting screw from top
    With JBWeld, or other epoxy compound:
    With fingers, form, on the bottom of the base plate, around the screw threads, and extension of the existing threads.
    Turn the screw slightly as the epoxy sets to ensure it does not bond to the epoxy.
    Worked for me.