[REPAIR HACK] How to Replace Cigar Box Guitar Pickup Rings In 7 Easy Steps



"So, we have a problem" says Ben, my dear friend and boss at C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply.

"We shipped a gentleman in Australia one of the guitars you built."

I immediately tense up. 

What went wrong? I wonder. 

This guitar's on the other side of the world now, Glenn. What did you do? 

"The box we shipped the guitar in got pretty beat up in transit," continues Ben, "and both the pickup rings are broken."

While this isn't great news, I'm mildly relieved. At least the issue isn't due to neglect on my part. 

But the worst part of the whole thing is someone gave us their hard-earned money and received a guitar that disappointed him.

And the customer is totally justified.

"The guy feels good about replacing the rings himself, so we'll send him some new ones. How about you make a video showing him how to replace the rings without having to open the cigar box?"

"Absolutely." I say.

Due to this man's initial misfortune, I was able to make a video demonstrating how he can ultimately empower himself. 

And the act of helping someone move from a place of frustration and disappointment to a place of satisfaction and empowerment excites me.

In turn, I'm sharing that video, and excitement, with you.

In this post you'll learn how to replace the pickup rings on your cigar box guitar with 

  • a quick video tutorial
  • step-by-step text & image instructions
  • and the knowledge that all you'll need is a screwdriver

So without further ado, let's do this!

First, the video.

In one and a half minutes you'll see how easy it is to replace broken or unwanted pickup rings on your cigar box guitar.



The process is pretty simple.

All you need is a screwdriver.

Step 1: Remove the four pickup ring-screws that attach the ring to the box (not the two screws that attach the pickup to the ring).




Step 2: Remove the pickup ring and pickup from the box. Both are still attached together as one unit.




Step 3: Remove the two pickup mounting screws from the pickup ring. Set the adjusting springs aside.



Step 4: Insert the pickup mounting screws into the new ring. Place the springs over the pickup mounting screws.



Step 5: Align the pickup with the pickup mounting screws. Little by little, insert each screw evenly into the mounting tabs on the pickup.



Step 6: Place the pickup ring and pickup assembly back into the box.



Step 7: Secure the pickup ring assembly to the box with the pickup ring-screws.

Presto! Now you've got a brand new pickup ring in your cigar box guitar.

As you can see, all you need to replace pickup rings is a screwdriver. And if that ain't the bees knees, I don't know what is.

Now about those pickup rings...

I really like the look of hardwood rings such as those in the pictures above.

What sort of rings do you like to use on your cigar box guitar?

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