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Gibson Stripped Pickup Ring Mounting Screw Removal
1. A Gibson Les Paul Custom from 1979. This lefty has been owned by a player for decades and has the wear to prove it. I’m going to refret the guitar which is a lot easier to do with the neck pickup-ring removed.
2. Rusted hardware can be a hassle to remove. I’m going to proceed with caution so that I don’t unnecessarily strip or break any of these dirty and rusty screws.
3. A dental pick is a good way to remove as much of the rust and gunk from the head of the screw as possible.
4. I’ll remove as many of the screws with a size 1 phillips (P 1) screwdriver as I can.
5. Look at all of that rust! Two of the screws are stubborn and won’t back out. The screwdriver is simply stripping the head of the screws.
6. A number 7 torx (T7, or star drive) bit is my first line of defense for a stripped P1 screw.
7. I’m tapping on the T7 bit with a hammer to jam the start drive into the softer metal of the stripped phillips screw.
8. I’ll use the torx bit in a ratcheting screw driver to back-out the screw. I’m putting a fair amount of downward pressure on the screw driver to keep the torx bit locked into the head of the screw.
9. The T7 bit worked fine with the first stripped screw but wouldn’t hold onto the head of the second stripped screw. Now I’m drilling a 1/16” hole about .025” deep into the screw. I’ll once again jam the T7 bit into the stubborn screw in order to back it out with a ratcheting screw driver.
10. The last screw backed out without a problem on the second attempt with the torx bit. The T7 is looking a little worse for the wear.
11. Check out the rusty and damaged heads of these screws!
12. Ready to refret.
13. Here’s a photo of the guitar all put back together with new frets.