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How can I keep the pole pieces in my Strat pickup from being pushed down?

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How can I keep the pole pieces in my Strat pickup from being pushed down?

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This can happen while the guitar is in the case especially if it falls over and the strings are forced or pushed against the poles. It’s been known that little kids or even heavier animals walking on the case or even exposed guitar can exert enough pressure to force the poles down. If the poles are pushed down on a single coil pickup, the inner coil can be damaged and magnet wire inside, broken. If this happens the coil will usually need to be rewound and you could lose your original tone lost if not restored correctly. I have two solutions that will help the problem. You can use a brass, non-ferrous, plastic or phenolic elevator plate made to fit the bottom dimensions of the pickup. This will help the pole piece from being pushed down if accidentally hit by a mic stand or flying debris. This is similar to the elevator plate used in a Telecaster except it’s made from a non-ferrous material so it doesn’t interfere or redirect the magnetic field surrounding the pickup. We make a ferrous

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