Faber pickups vs Mark 2's

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Post by JohnA » Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:17 pm

Lesblues wrote:
JohnA wrote:Yiou do realise those mkII's on ebay are gold don't you?
Yes, Thought I might just put up with them, as the price should be quite good.
You could always take the covers off of they look a bit odd

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Post by Lesblues » Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:35 pm

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Lesblues wrote:
JohnA wrote:Yiou do realise those mkII's on ebay are gold don't you?
Yes, Thought I might just put up with them, as the price should be quite good.
You could always take the covers off of they look a bit odd
I wondered about that and possibly swapping them for the chrome ones on my existing pups but Paladin2019 suggested, on another thread,

"They will fit, but replacing the covers and screws is a challenging job because you shouldbe wax potting them. From what you say I don't think you're up to that kind of work yet."

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Post by JohnA » Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:37 pm

Lesblues wrote:
JohnA wrote:
Lesblues wrote:
JohnA wrote:Yiou do realise those mkII's on ebay are gold don't you?
Yes, Thought I might just put up with them, as the price should be quite good.
You could always take the covers off of they look a bit odd
I wondered about that and possibly swapping them for the chrome ones on my existing pups but Paladin2019 suggested, on another thread,

"They will fit, but replacing the covers and screws is a challenging job because you shouldbe wax potting them. From what you say I don't think you're up to that kind of work yet."
If MK II's ARE potted, which I actually have doubts, they must be potted before the covers are installed, I've removed the covers from some of mine with no trouble at all, just use a Stanley knife to carefully cut through the solder, and prise them off with your fingers.

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Post by Lesblues » Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:25 pm

JohnA wrote:If MK II's ARE potted, which I actually have doubts, they must be potted before the covers are installed, I've removed the covers from some of mine with no trouble at all, just use a Stanley knife to carefully cut through the solder, and prise them off with your fingers.
Presumably I would either have to solder the chrome replacements on, or I could leave the mark ii's uncovered? Do I do something to the screwheads on top of the pickups?

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Post by JohnA » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:23 pm

Lesblues wrote:
JohnA wrote:If MK II's ARE potted, which I actually have doubts, they must be potted before the covers are installed, I've removed the covers from some of mine with no trouble at all, just use a Stanley knife to carefully cut through the solder, and prise them off with your fingers.
Presumably I would either have to solder the chrome replacements on, or I could leave the mark ii's uncovered? Do I do something to the screwheads on top of the pickups?
Yes, you would need to solder the new covers on, it's an easy job though, don't let that put you off. The screwheads just poke through the holes in the cover, you don't need to do anything with them.

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Post by Lesblues » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:27 pm

JohnA wrote:
Lesblues wrote:
JohnA wrote:If MK II's ARE potted, which I actually have doubts, they must be potted before the covers are installed, I've removed the covers from some of mine with no trouble at all, just use a Stanley knife to carefully cut through the solder, and prise them off with your fingers.
Presumably I would either have to solder the chrome replacements on, or I could leave the mark ii's uncovered? Do I do something to the screwheads on top of the pickups?
Yes, you would need to solder the new covers on, it's an easy job though, don't let that put you off. The screwheads just poke through the holes in the cover, you don't need to do anything with them.
Ok, thanks, if I go for it I may come back to you for ongoing advice, if that's ok.

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Post by JohnA » Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:18 pm

Lesblues wrote:
JohnA wrote:
Lesblues wrote:
JohnA wrote:If MK II's ARE potted, which I actually have doubts, they must be potted before the covers are installed, I've removed the covers from some of mine with no trouble at all, just use a Stanley knife to carefully cut through the solder, and prise them off with your fingers.
Presumably I would either have to solder the chrome replacements on, or I could leave the mark ii's uncovered? Do I do something to the screwheads on top of the pickups?
Yes, you would need to solder the new covers on, it's an easy job though, don't let that put you off. The screwheads just poke through the holes in the cover, you don't need to do anything with them.
Ok, thanks, if I go for it I may come back to you for ongoing advice, if that's ok.
No probs! :)

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Post by marcusnieman » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:42 am

JohnA wrote:
If MK II's ARE potted, which I actually have doubts, they must be potted before the covers are installed, I've removed the covers from some of mine with no trouble at all, just use a Stanley knife to carefully cut through the solder, and prise them off with your fingers.
I have new, spare set of MKII's (covered) and there is wax all over the base plates.... I'd never heard any questions as to whether they were waxed or not.... Always heard and thought they were.

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Post by Lesblues » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:04 am

marcusnieman wrote:
JohnA wrote:
If MK II's ARE potted, which I actually have doubts, they must be potted before the covers are installed, I've removed the covers from some of mine with no trouble at all, just use a Stanley knife to carefully cut through the solder, and prise them off with your fingers.
I have new, spare set of MKII's (covered) and there is wax all over the base plates.... I'd never heard any questions as to whether they were waxed or not.... Always heard and thought they were.
Ah. Oh well, I didn't win the auction anyway, so looks like Toneriders for me. Amazon UK are selling them for a very good price just now.

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Post by JohnA » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:00 am

marcusnieman wrote:
JohnA wrote:
If MK II's ARE potted, which I actually have doubts, they must be potted before the covers are installed, I've removed the covers from some of mine with no trouble at all, just use a Stanley knife to carefully cut through the solder, and prise them off with your fingers.
I have new, spare set of MKII's (covered) and there is wax all over the base plates.... I'd never heard any questions as to whether they were waxed or not.... Always heard and thought they were.
I'm sure there was a discussion somewhere about this, I have a couple of sets at home I'll take a closer look.

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Post by Le Chat Noir » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:31 pm

Here's an easy solution if you don't like the gold - have a go at the covers with wire wool. That's what I did to my Alnico IV in gold, which I bought when nickel was out of stock. The 'gold' covering is very thin indeed. The end result looks like the kind of dulled, 'antiqued' finish you get on things like SD Antiquities - I really like it personally, much easier than faffing about changing covers too!

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Post by Lesblues » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:35 pm

Le Chat Noir wrote:Here's an easy solution if you don't like the gold - have a go at the covers with wire wool. That's what I did to my Alnico IV in gold, which I bought when nickel was out of stock. The 'gold' covering is very thin indeed. The end result looks like the kind of dulled, 'antiqued' finish you get on things like SD Antiquities - I really like it personally, much easier than faffing about changing covers too!
Actually, that's a good idea. Thanks.

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