The height adjust thread on my humbucker bottom plate is stripped and the pickup will not stay adjusted to the height I need. What can I do?

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The height adjust thread on my humbucker bottom plate is stripped and the pickup will not stay adjusted to the height I need. What can I do?

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There are a few things you can do to help keep you pickup adjusted properly. You can try asking the manufacturer for a replacement bottom plate. You may be able to purchase one from a music dealer that has a broken pickup or parts and maybe the bottom plate can be salvaged. The tapped hole is 3/48 (3 = the screw diameter and the 48 = threads per inch) on Gibson pickups and you can solder a 3/48 nut to the bottom of the leg for added threads to hold the height screw. The height adjust spring used in Gibson humbuckers have strong compression that help keep the pickup from rocking back and forth within the mounting ring or pickguard. Just putting solder around the stripped hole doesn t have enough strength to hold the pickup to the proper height especially when using the compression springs. Again you can use a 3/48 nut and tighten it on the screw to the desired pickup height you need.

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