Odd problem, Aerodyne Strat

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  1. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    I recently purchase a 2004 Aerodyne Strat, the version with no pickguard and pickups mounted into the front of the body. My problem is that one the the pickup height adjusment screws has a messed up phillips head. It's a very tight fit trying to get in there and get a grip on it. I want to replace that screw with a functioning one.
    Any ideas on how I can remove that screw?
     
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    I am fairly certain you can buy replacement PUP screws at most big box guitar stores.
    I’m sure someone more knowledgeable will be along in a minute. But you can always remove a good pup screw and take it to the store to get a match. Or a Lowe’s, Ace, or Homedepot if all else fails.
    SweetWater sells a 12-pack for $6.

    edit: ok, didn’t understand you couldn’t get the screw out. I’d find/buy a sharp pointed screwdriver. If not remove the pickguard and unscrew it from the back with some vice grips.
     
  4. lammie200

    lammie200 Senior Stratmaster

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    His guitar has no pickguard. OP, take a pic and post it. You might be able to file a slot in the screw head.
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    picture might help....
     
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    arct Strat-O-Master

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    Try a couple different size phillips. Try a couple small slot screwdrivers, find one that fits half the phillips. Lean on it, might have to tap a screwdriver in lightly with a hammer. It'll come out, it's just a screw in a piece of wood that happens to be a guitar.

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    Grab a small file and make it a flat head
     
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    Get a wide rubber band, put it between the screwdriver and screw head, push down and turn. The rubber band should let you get enough grip to remove it.
     
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    If all else fails you can try and superglue something (you don't need) into the screw head and then use that as a screwdriver.
     
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    locking needle nose pliers. if no go then carefully drill out the head, preferably use a drill press with a depth stop. once you can pull the pickup out, you'll have some real estate to work with
     
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    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks guys. This gives me a lot to consider. I just see so little room to work with that some options seem impossible.
     
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    Could you post a pic so we have a better idea of what you're working with?

    Like this? If so, you should be able to grab it with needle nose pliers. They even make thin profile needle nose for hard to reach areas. Or try some locking hemostats.

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    Drill a small hole in the center of the offending screw. Use a star driver one size bigger than that hole, tap it in gently, back the screw out.
     
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    Needle nose pliers, grab the head of the screw and squeeze tight. It should unscrew with ease.
     
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    As small as they are, you could probably lock some hemostats on it and twist it out. I have some in my electronics & soldering stuff specifically for holding stuff.
     
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    Or, buy an EZ out matched set. Drill a small hole, then insert EZ Out into drill. Go VERY easy drilling the screw, and VERY easy, reverse the drill and drill it out. I can't overstate enough about going slow. You don't want either bit to jump and put a nice neat deep scratch, too deep to fill, in your guitar.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Assuming you have the aerodyne with the recessed pickups, you may be stuck using Needle Nose Vise-Grips, as the only commonly available tool solution

    Tape off the recess with blue painters tape, because the vise grips are spring loaded. If they slip, they may jump.

    #3 screws are too small to drill and ez-out , although you could drill the head off and grab the shaft with vise grips
     
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    Yup a star bit, I find a star bit works better than an easy out when it’s that small.

    Needle nose may work, hemostats will more than likely just slip.
    but they are on of my #1 tools for electronics repair work.
     
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    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    That's the model. What are locking hemostats, and where would I find them?
     
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    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    Sorry guys, I just saw the photo. And the star bit will be my next, already available, option.