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Post by The Chad on Mon May 12, 2014 3:00 pm

Finally potted my pickups. 

Used paraffin and bee's wax, about an 80/20 blend respectively, purchased from JoAnne Fabrics (a craft store chain). The paraffin was "Candy Melts EZ Thin" which is chipped paraffin, and the bee's wax Dritz brand beeswax. I also added a very small amount of Yankee candle "Camping Out" because it smelled good. Smell is a big part of guitar playing for me.

Placed a pot full of water on stove with a ramekin inside. The ramekin created a shelf inside of the pot, on which a smaller pot sat. This smaller pot had marbles in the bottom. I boiled the water, reduced the heat and let it cool a little. I placed my wax inside the smaller inside pot, melted it, and regulated the temp to around 140-150 degrees. Dipped the pickups in one at a time, kept them in there for about 10 minutes each, then removed them to a plate to cool. Wiping them off periodically as they cooled so they were nice and clean.

Potted both of my Electra Outlaw pickups, my X240 bridge pickup, an MMK45 bridge pickup from my Westone Dynasty, and an MMK53 bride pup from my X935. Can't wait to see how it worked, I'll let everyone know. I must say, potting was very, very easy and quite fun.

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Post by Barry on Mon May 12, 2014 4:16 pm

Excellent Chad! Such a simple and effective way to tame an unruly pickup. Look forward to hearing your impressions.

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Post by The Chad on Mon May 12, 2014 4:18 pm

I can't wait to FINALLY hear an MMK at full volume through the Marshall, on stage.  Can't wait!

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Post by Westbone on Mon May 12, 2014 4:23 pm

You'll be in the garden next.... Laughing

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Post by The Chad on Mon May 12, 2014 4:24 pm

Very Happy   Right on.  Hope to install them Wednesday.

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Post by Westbone on Mon May 12, 2014 4:36 pm

Should sound slightly 'solid'

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Post by The Chad on Tue May 13, 2014 11:07 am

Damian,  Laughing   I did say they sounded hollow!

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Post by Westbone on Tue May 13, 2014 12:00 pm

Hollow!..get a new amp.. Laughing

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Post by The Chad on Tue May 13, 2014 12:41 pm

Amp?  Oh yeah... bet that's why those pickups were so quiet, too.

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Post by gittarasaurus on Tue May 13, 2014 2:15 pm

"just listen for a minute, the sustain, listen to it…"
"i'm not hearing anything"
"well you would if it were playing…"
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Post by The Chad on Tue May 13, 2014 2:17 pm

Razz

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Post by Barry on Tue May 13, 2014 4:24 pm

gittarasaurus wrote:"just listen for a minute, the sustain, listen to it…"
"i'm not hearing anything"
"well you would if it were playing…"
 Metal Head
Turn on yer sound.

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