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Offline martin

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cleaning pickups....
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:53:38 AM »
has anyone got any good advice on cleaning pickups?? mine are looking a little rusty....
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Re: cleaning pickups....
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 05:25:42 PM »
I've tried several different types of wire wheels, polishing wheels and abrasives and nothing comes close to the magic of the Dremel brass wire brush. The problem with the brushes is they're fragile. If I'm very careful, I can clean two sets of pickups with a single brush before all of the bristles have broken off.

I just tried some protectant for the first time. After cleaning up a set of rusty pickups, I applied Beoshield.
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Offline pianotuner steveo

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Re: cleaning pickups....
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2014, 11:02:57 AM »
I personally do not know if the time and effort, and clean up of the wire bristles is all worth it, but David's method sounds good to me.

In other words, the sound will not be changed at all.
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Re: cleaning pickups....
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 02:14:25 AM »
I also used a Dremel tool with wire brush.
Since the pickups have an angle, they need to be cleaned from both sides. With the harp loose, it takes about 10 minutes to do both sides. Real easy!

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