Hello there, back again with another excellent article for you! This time we will be looking at Göldo humbucker screws. I will try to keep this short and sweet. In this Göldo humbucker screw review, I will quickly introduce the Göldo brand to you and just talk about this simple product and why you may need to buy some for your guitars.
Göldo is a German company that is very well-known for its own Göldo branded guitar parts, components and many other high-segmented imported brands. My regular readers may already be aware that I have been using many Göldo branded products such as Göldo Fret Polishing rubber, Göldo roller string tree and their knobs, pots, etc…
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When I need any kind of guitar parts, Göldo would always be the first brand I would check out as they not only resell OEM parts but also supply imported brands under the Göldo name (such as Hosco which is a Japanese brand).
As you may know, I already published one of my favourite guitars of all time, the Schecter Hellraiser PT-7 Hybrid Ultra Violet. And as I always do, I tried to give as many details as possible from a former industry professional and guitar tester’s perspective.
Now, Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid PT-7 is almost a flawless instrument. Built quality, parts and components are magnificent on this instrument. However, there were a couple of minor issues I was able to detect such as wrong pickup height adjustment out of the factory, and not perfectly aligned truss rod cover.
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Since then, I have played this guitar a lot and done some 7-string guitar string tests on it and naturally, I needed to adjust the pickup heights to better suit my taste. But what I noticed was that the top pickup height adjustment screws quickly wore out so it was almost impossible to do adjustments.
As you can see from the image below, the left one already had a rounded screw head that was almost impossible to rotate with a screwdriver easily.
This worried me a bit as I was thinking about how I would ever be able to remove these screws in the first place! However, I had one other issue waiting to be solved, which humbucker screws should I choose?
You may think “Well, that’s an easy problem to solve!”. As Schecter Hellraiser PT-7 features EMG 57/66 7-H pickups, the most logical thing to do would be to buy another set of EMG pickup screws.
Unfortunately, EMG Pickups accessories and parts are not easy to find online and buying them in the USA would cost a lot due shipping cost/product price ratio.
For these reasons, I went for the Göldo brand again and got myself six pieces of Göldo humbucker screws from Thomann.
Göldo humbucker screws come in small zip bags and are pretty affordable. Of course, you should definitely order these in bulk along with a bigger order as you don’t want to pay a shipping fee only to buy screws! 🙂
Features a nickel finish with a US thread head and the screw length is 25mm. Now, the screw length got me concerned because I wasn’t really sure what EMG pickup adjustment screws they ship with EMG 57/66 pickups. And I was actually right to be worried! See the image below.
As you can see, the one that belongs to the neck pickup (on the bass string side) is shorter! I have no idea why and it was actually the one that went bad quickest.
I also got concerned if that would be related to varying body thickness on the back of the guitar. So I really carefully tested Göldo humbucker screws and checked how far they can be pushed into the threaded holes underneath the pickup mounting holes.
Fortunately, Göldo humbucker screws had no problem reaching the bottom. However, there was another problem I encountered. The problem is about the inconsistency with screw holes on the pickups themselves. Meaning that, on one pickup, on one side, the screw hole on the pickup is threaded and on the other, it is not threaded.
I have no idea why this was designed that way in the first place or if this was a manufacturing error. But it creates a problem.
As you tighten the screws, the rubber paddings underneath pickups are squeezed so they hold the pickup at a certain height. However, in order to achieve that, you need to press the humbucker and keep tightening.
With the unthreaded screw hole, it goes perfectly. But with a threaded screw hole, once you press the humbucker, that side of the pickup gets stuck because of threads and with the increased opposing forces, you need to apply more force to tighten the screw.
This results in a quickly worn-out screw thread. And believe it or not, I messed up one Göldo humbucker screw that belongs to the neck pickup (bass strings) again, just like the initial problem!
So to me, this looks like EMG’s problem and has nothing to do with Schecter or Göldo humbucker screws. Not sure any one of you has experienced such a problem.
From this experience, I would say Göldo humbucker screws are pretty much standard quality just like EMG’s screws as they reacted pretty much identically.
I can also definitely suggest Göldo humbucker screws fit EMG pickups and you will have no issue regarding the length or type of the screws here. And as you can see, Göldo humbucker screws definitely fit direct mount humbucker.
As pickup height adjustment is crucial not only for overall tone balance between pickups but also for better-adjusting intonation and tuning (as having pickups too close to strings may cause tuning instability), you should definitely pay attention to the adjustment.
After having adjusted EMG57/66 to a better height for this guitar that suits my playing as well, I can easily say it plays and sounds a bit better already.
I hope you enjoyed this brief Goldo humbucker screws article. Thanks for visiting my blog and supporting me so far! I will hopefully see you in the next review here!
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