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I have a guitar im trying to install new pickups on but they set down inside and mount directly to the wood underneith and i cant keep the springs from falling off this does not use a mounting ring or a pickguaud this is a tough one

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Try holding the pickup in the cavity in the position you want without the springs. Use a bit smaller than the mounting holes in the pickup to predrill the holes in the body through the pickup holes while you are holding the pickup in place. When you are ready to mount the pickup use a little hot glue on the ends of the springs to hold then in place over the mounting screws on the bottom side of the pickup. With the screws and springs in place on the pickup carefully screw the mounting screws into the predrilled holes in the cavity. Try using a pin vice to hold the drill bit or one of those small drills that you can operate with one hand( your second finger and thumb hold the slider and your index finger does the downward stroke). Here is a link to a really good site:

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On the back of the guitar, there is a cover plate that covers the cavity where the springs are located that make the "whammy bar" work. The springs hold tension on the bridge so you can tune it and play normally, but let the "whammy bar" stretch or release tension on the strings when you push or pull it. If you already have springs inside the cavity, the extra spring you have will let you add more tension to the bridge, but you probably won't need it. If there are no springs already installed, you can install your "extra" spring in there to give you the flex and spring for the "bar-handle" to work properly.

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