Jig Installation for Pure Pickups
Before you actually work with the pickup, you should practice using the jig without a pickup. This ensures that you are comfortable with the jig technique so that the pickups are positioned perfectly. It may be possible that your guitar has a tighter bracing on the high E string side and the jig may have to be trimmed down a little bit.
Important: The photos show the Pure Mini pickups. The procedure is the same for the Pure 12-String, except that the green pickup has to be in the middle.
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If your pickup does not include a plastic jig, please see instructions for using the cardboard jig here.
- Please remove the blue protective foil from both sides of the jig before starting. The jig itself is clear and the protective foil peels off easily.
- The white pin needs to be inserted into the round hole. When holding the pointed end of the jig with the round hole to the right, the white pin should go in point first. Push the pin about 3⁄4 of the way through the jig.
The pin should fit very snugly – you may have to use some force to press it into the hole. If the pin fits too loosely, please use some of the included superglue to secure it.
- Insert the flat end of the white pin into the high E string pinhole. Slide the brown golf tee through the oblong hole in the jig and through the G string pinhole.
- With the included putty, form a small ball and stick it on top the jig, above the point where saddle and high E string intersect.
- Place one pickup on the putty with the metal side facing up and press down. It should hold the pickup in place securely enough to allow for the installation.
Make sure the pickup sits parallel to the surface of the jig.
We recommend that you do a test run without using the glue at this point to practice finding the right position for the jig inside the guitar.
- Hold the tip of the white pin between your thumb and forefinger. The golden part of the pickup should be facing up and away from the palm of your hand.
- Move the jig inside the guitar through the sound hole. Stick the golf tee into the high E string from the outside with your dominant hand and try to feel it protruding to the inside with the thumb or index finger of your other hand. This process helps you identify the correct pinhole to attach the pickup.
- When you’ve felt the position of the golf tee, guide the white pin up through the E string hole from the inside and secure the jig by moving the golf tee to the G string hole from the outside and finding the oblong hole in the jig. This will align the jig exactly as was done in step 5, outside the guitar.
- Once you confirmed that the procedure works as intended, you can apply glue the pickup and glue it in. Please ensure that the putty still holds the pickup firmly in place after the trial run. Use a fresh piece of putty if necessary.
Use a good amount of glue and spread it over the metal surface of the pickup. You should use enough glue so to cover the entire surface of the pickup. It is best if some glue “oozes” out around the pickup as you install it.
The most common source of sound issues and transmission problems with the Pure pickups is using too little glue for the pickup to bond properly to the bridge plate.
- Once the pickup is in place, apply pressure to the jig/pickup while you slowly count to 30 to allow the glue to cure. Release the pressure, but leave the jig in place for another 5-10 minutes to allow the glue to settle before continuing.
- To remove the jig, carefully wiggle it left and right to loosen the bond of the putty from the pickup. The putty will most likely stick to the pickup. We recommend using a paper towel to wipe off the excess superglue around the pickup and then remove the putty from the pickup. If there is some small amount of putty residue left, it will not present a sound problem.
If you get superglue on your fingers, the easiest way to remove it is to let it dry and then buff it off with some fine sandpaper or a nail file.
- The next pictures show the posituion of the jig for the center pickup, between G and D strings. Please use a fresh ball of putty and repeat the procedure as with the first pickup.
- The next pictures show the posituion of the jig for the low string pickup, between E and A string. Again, please use fresh putty and repeat the same process as with the previous pickups.
- Here is how the finished result will look inside the guitar. You can use a mirror and flashlight to check that the position of the pickups is correct.
Tip: The sliding tube along the pickup cable can now be slid about 1- 2 inches from the pickup heads to keep the cables together. Once the endpin jack is mounted and before it is fully fastened, give it a twist or two to form a loop in the pickup cables to keep them from touching the soundboard or bottom of the guitar.