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post Jan 13 2010, 09:46 PM
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A few weeks ago I have decided to change the bridge pickup on my Fender Stratocaster. Like a lot people I found that I didn’t really like the sound of that pickups and that I wanted something that could handle a little more distortion. After shopping a bit online I have found a DiMarzio Chopper pickup that looked pretty cool. So I have ordered that pickup and I have installed it by myself. At first I wanted to take some pictures to make sure that if I had failed something I could look at the original settings. But once I had the camera out I taught that I could share my experience with you.

Changing a pickup is a really easy task and if I have been able to do it properly, anybody can do it. There is an excellent tutorial that was made by Marcus Siepen ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/changing-pickups/ ) and I recommend watching it before trying to change your pickups. Even though I liked that tutorial I have decided to make one especially for the Stratocaster since a lot of Stratocaster owner have replaced or want to replace their bridge pickup.

The first Step you have to do is gather all your equipment I hate starting a job and need to find a tool later on.
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For this job you will need to gather a few thing around

  1. Guitar (obviously)
  2. New pickup
  3. Good lightning
  4. Screwdriver and pliers
  5. A soldering iron
  6. Computer (for online reference)
  7. Electric tape
  8. Bucket (to keep all your screw in a safe spot)
  9. Pen and sheet of paper to note the old settings
  10. The picture is my Mojo; this guy is a crazy local guitar player (Jean Leloup)

Once everything is done the first step is to take all your strings off. Then right after, you have to remove the pickguard, only take off the screws that are around the pickguard. The six screws around the pickup are set for the height adjustment. In the next picture it is the biggest screws that are made for the pickup adjustment.


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Before putting the pickguard upside down, you should put a cloth on your guitar to prevent any scratches. The back of your pickup should look like this.

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They are two wires that are connected directly to the pickup. I have followed those to wire and with the soldering iron I just disconnect them.

The yellow wire was easy to take off.

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The black one was a little harder since it was connected with other wire. I had to take it away from the other wire.

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Once your pickup is disconnected you just have to take off the 2 screws on the front side of the pickguard that are on each side of the pickup. Then you just have to remove the pickup.

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Next step is that you have to put the new pickup in. Don’t screw it too much you will set the height at the end.
Now you have to connect the wire. They are more than two wires in this pickup but don’t panic, it wont make it harder to install. For this installation, I have followed this plan (found on the DiMarzio website). Be sure that the colors of your wire are going to be the same has on the plan that you are following.

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First of all, I cut the black and the grey wire short and I turn them together. After that I just taped them on the back of the pickguard. After that, I had taken the red wire and I have connected it to the pickup selector at the place where the original pickup was connected. For the last step I have connected the blue wire and the green wire together and solder it on the back of the volume knob.

Final result look like this.

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Sorry for the bad image quality we can’t see the color properly.

Now you need to put the pickguard back and put your new strings on the guitar.

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Now everything should work properly. Once your find that everything is working you can set the height of your pickup.

Enjoy your new Pickup and if you don’t like it you can put your old pickup back.

This post has been edited by Crazy_Diamond: Jan 13 2010, 09:49 PM


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post Jan 13 2010, 09:48 PM
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Awesome!

Thanks a lot for taking the tme to put all those pics & explanations together mate, I will upload it to the knowledge base and it will make an excellent article for the gear portal smile.gif


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So, how do you like your pickup?


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post Jan 14 2010, 12:16 AM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Jan 13 2010, 03:48 PM) *
Awesome!

Thanks a lot for taking the tme to put all those pics & explanations together mate, I will upload it to the knowledge base and it will make an excellent article for the gear portal smile.gif


It is my pleasure Fran. I am trying to contribute as much as possible

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So, how do you like your pickup?


I was planning on writing a review about it. But for now I really like it. It gives me the vintage rock tone I was looking for and it also handle pretty well heavy distortion and makes my pinch hamonics screams. I also think that it is pretty closed to my original sound on the clean channel wich make my strat still sound like a strat.


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post Jan 14 2010, 01:36 AM
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Congrats on a job well done!!! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
I hope you left enough wire on the taped ends just in case you want ot Coil Tap it at a later date maybe? wink.gif
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post Jan 14 2010, 03:00 AM
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New pickup looks very nice on the guitar. How does it sound?


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post Jan 14 2010, 03:27 AM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Jan 13 2010, 07:36 PM) *
I hope you left enough wire on the taped ends just in case you want ot Coil Tap it at a later date maybe? wink.gif


I would have enough I'm pretty sure.

QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jan 13 2010, 09:00 PM) *
New pickup looks very nice on the guitar. How does it sound?


For what I have tried with it I'm pretty happy, love that sound.


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post Jan 14 2010, 03:19 PM
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I did the same with my guitar, but I replaced a TrueDuo, Ibanez pickup, which has a unique coil split function, with a Seymour Duncan TB-4, it really isn't to hard! The true duo system did make it a bit harder, but anyone with a normal Stratocaster or Les Paul should have an easy job!


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post Jan 16 2010, 04:12 PM
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wow! great explanation, thank you! the wiring can be confusing


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post Jan 18 2010, 08:03 PM
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Hehe, even though it's easy you guys have to admit.

IT'S SCARY SEEING UR GUITAR OPEN AND VULNERABLE!

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post Jan 18 2010, 10:52 PM
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Thanks a lot for this tutorial! It will be very useful to many around here! smile.gif


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Just added this one to the knowledge base, thanks again for this great entry smile.gif

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde..._A_Stratocaster


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post Jan 22 2010, 06:09 AM
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Thanks Fran....

Next time I will try to upload it myself...


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It's now on the Front Page of the Gear Wiki!
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