Hallman Labs is branching out and this is the first of our guitar related articles!
After reading the “25 Essential Les Paul Mods” I learned that the shiny metal covers over the pickups change the capacitance (same as running a long cable run usually does) and thus bleed off the high frequencies. When I found out only 2 globs of solder were holding the things on, I of course removed them both!
I am also going to try another trick recommended in that article called top wrapping the bridge. Basically you run your strings into a Les Paul style bridge backwards and around the bottom of the bridge and up towards the tuners. This is supposed to make the strings feel “slinkier” and increase sustain (although that is disputed).
You will find a decent amount of potting wax all over the place when you get the cover to release. I recommend using rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip to clean up the pickup before mounting it back to the guitar body. So after that we are left with this:
Thanks for reading!
Electrical Engineering student (Jr year) with a background in IT. Such as dealing with large scale network infrastructure upgrades at Lowe's HQ and former lead hardware tech for the NC Government. My specialty has shifted over to audio hardware and vintage hardware re-certifications along with treble bleeds.