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Username: bass_man_dk

Post Number: 8
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 2:05 am:   Edit Post

Hi Everyone I've got a problem on my series I bass.
The "dummy" coil keeps falling out I tried putting it back with double sided tape but it was uneven and fell out again quiet fast.
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance for any help.
DanMy Series Bass
Username: mica

Post Number: 5294
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 8:26 am:   Edit Post

Superglue it in place. Use it only on the bottom, and hold the pickup or better yet, use a clamp until the glue cures. You can probably see evidence of this as the original mounting. It can be removed later with a (gasp) strike from a rubber mallet. Resist the temptation to use epoxy. If the HX ever needs to be removed, it will certainly be destroyed.

I will take a pic of the clamping next time we secure one.
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Username: dfung60

Post Number: 328
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 1:01 pm:   Edit Post

Mica -

I've always wondered how that hum canceller was affixed to the body. This is a lot lower tech than what my wild imagination had come up with - maybe there was some sort of odd-shaped rare-earth magnet, which, when properly placed in the secret location actuated the latch that released it - you know, that kind of thing!

Even funnier image - I just can't imagine anybody taking a swing at one of my Alembics, even with a rubber mallet. If I were present, I'd imagine James would take steady aim, swing, and then manage to hit my hand which I threw in the way in the last moment to prevent impact! Again and again! It's like a reflex. Sadly, I lack the "don't bump into things with your headstock" response.

It's not just me. I have a friend with an expensive graphite road bike. If it were a steel frame and he was going to take a fall, he's just unhook and leap away before impact; with this bike, he'd rather scrape his leg because skin grows back and graphite doesn't.

I read that Charlie Rose, the PBS personality was seen in public with a black eye a few months ago. No, he wasn't fighting, he fell on his face on a Manhattan sidewalk rather than scratch up his new MacBook Air!

David Fung
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6517
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 9:46 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, the rubber mallet visual is a bit disconcerting. I like the hidden latch idea.
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 1022
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post

Adds new meaning to the model "persuader".
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 889
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 4:48 pm:   Edit Post

From Mica,"It can be removed later with a (gasp) strike from a rubber mallet."
Yeah, so can I but I would also be unable to get up and head out the door...:-)

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Username: terryc

Post Number: 491
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 3:23 am:   Edit Post

Is that a large paviers mallet(weight approx 14-16 lbs!) or the smaller one which I used to lay patio slabs the other week.
The double sided tape should hold it, make sure that both surfaces have been de greased with methylated spirit.
Yes davehouck..the mallet idea is a bit disconcerting!!!
Username: mica

Post Number: 5331
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2008 - 8:00 pm:   Edit Post

Superglue works but apparently we've been using a small dab of 5 minute epoxy for this task for a while. Here's how James does it:

Oh look! I nice empty cavity just waiting for a hum canceller. It's a good idea to do a dry fit to see if the pickup will be flush or if you'll need to make some shims to hold it in place while the adhesive dries.

This is the most epoxy you should consider using. You don't want it to squish up the side walls of the cavity.

If you are fortunate, the pickup will fit nicely without any incline. You usually will be fortunate.

If the pickup isn't flush without clamping, then you should clamp away. Notice how James puts a large block and a protective layer of carpet tape (or thick paper) over the humcanceller.

According to James, that same (gasp) blow from a rubber mallet will still knock this install loose for repairs like refinishing. The key is to use very little adhesive, but still enough to hold it fast.
Username: mica

Post Number: 5339
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 11:32 am:   Edit Post

And here's a 1980 Series I that we just smacked the humx out of:
Note there isn't much adhesive.
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 1048
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 8:10 pm:   Edit Post


Feel free to post more pics of that 6-string series II. I want.

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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1809
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 4:30 am:   Edit Post

Nice neck ;-)


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