De- wax potting a pickup

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  1. wildeman

    wildeman Well-Known Member

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    Has anybody tried it? I have a 57CH layin around that i put a A4 mag in, i scraped out as much wax as i could (alot) but i was thinking about taking a heat gun to it to see if i can get more out. Just having fun tryin to see what i can come up with.
     
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    The wax oughta melt before the plastic. ;)
     
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    They wax them so they won't squeal. But like they say, your mileage may vary.
     
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    Any luck with the heat gun?
    I've done one, or two, but I usually take the magnet out, & heat the base plate with my soldering iron. Works for the globs of wax, does nothing for the coils though.
     
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    I haven't done it yet, still thinking about it. I dont really wanna ruin it.
     
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    That's a risk you've pretty much chosen to take already. I do think you could pull it off if you approach things carefully. The good news is that they sell potting wax and it is a Epiphone pickup.
     
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    You could always put it on a cookie sheet with paper towel under it, set the oven for 120f, give it 10 minutes.
    It won't hurt the wire, or the bobbins at that temp, most wax potting is done at 120 degrees, or higher.
    When you take it out, grab a leg:naughty: with pliers, & tap gently on the paper towel.
    Let it cool, wipe it off.
    Or you could set it out in the sun for a while.
    Wait, aren't you from Texas, the oven might be cooler:shock:
     
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    Central valley California, same deal. Dry ass 100 degrees in the shade summers.
     
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    Its still good at this point and i have unpotted humbuckers in some guitars already so i know what to expect there, i was just wondering if anybody did this yet. Have you ever took the cover off a Epi bucker? Its nutty how much wax is in there. I will try one of these methods, just to see, it won't be the end of the world if it sucks but i sure don't want no fires:facepalm:
     
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    No, when I yanked the ones out of my G400, I sent them off to a member in England for his project after a short stint in a buddies parts bin. I didn't have them long enough out of the axe to get the experimentation itch.
     
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    Yep, hang it from a tree in full sun. That should take care of that.
     
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    That's a cool thread, thanks. I don't think I'll use the heat gun as it might get too hot. Oven or hair dryer probably. I like the pickups stock, just trying to open them up a little, a little woodier and less output in the Sherry would be great.
    I'm doing all this to a spare first though, no real guitar has been harmed.
     
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    Perhaps in the South....I don't think that technique applies in Canuckistan.
     
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    I would wrap it with a napkin and then with a heating pad.
     
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    Here's how you do it, get a large plastic tub, fill it with sulfuric acid, dump in the "pickup" wait a while and presto, all gone.

    I saw this on Breaking Bad so I know it works! :thumb:
     
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    There's always hog farms too.
     
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