PRS Vela - neck pickup dropping

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    MattV New Member

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    I recently bought a new Vela from Sweetwater. Amazing guitar but during my first couple gigs playing with it, the bass side of the neck pickup gradually starts dropping down and i have to move it back up after each set. It is damn near flush with the pickgaurd after playing a 45 minutes set. I'm guessing the vibrations of playing is making the screw wiggle it down? I haven't had a chance to look under the pickgaurd yet to see if anything obvious is going on. Thinking (hoping) that i may need to just replace the pickup height spring?... Has anyone heard of this or ran into this issue?
     
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    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    pull the strings and pick guard to look. maybe it's missing the spring on that screw...???
     
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    Yea that's what Im going to check hopefully tonight or tomorrow. Hoping it is that simple of a solution... Ill let you know what i see when i do. It holds tight when i set the correct height and does not move at all when i push on the pickup it once its set. It just slowly lowers while playing in normal gigging conditions. A shame I have to already pull the pickgaurd off and all on a brand new guitar...
     
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    So i opened everything up yesterday and there was a spring there. So I took a spring from a humbucker i had in another guitar and swapped it out. This spring was a little thicker than the PRS one and I cut it slightly longer hoping it would give it more tension. I guess ill find out if it holds at my next gig tomorrow.
     
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    So had a gig this weekend and was able to try it with the new spring. It seemed to hold longer than the previous but the pickup did start dropping a bit by the end of the night..... Any thoughts? Would i have better luck using surgical tubing? It is still under warranty but it sounds like it would be a huge hassle to ship this thing back to sweetwater for this issue, and who knows when i would get it back.
     
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    wardog What the gravy and cheese!!!!

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    i saw you post in the other thread. I think the op in that one settled on glue. But since you have an S2 from sweetwater, I would contact them for help.
     
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    dsenoj Old dude in a PRS T-shirt

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    Send PRS Customer Service an email. I'll bet they'll have a suggestion that will fix it.
     
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    i sent PRS Customer Service an email. Thank you all for the replies. We will see what they say..
     
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    jimfisher Guitar Geezer

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    Thanks for the reply. PRS customer support thinks that the screws are the wrong size and are sending me new ones. I would be surprised that is the case cause the ones on there hold strong and i can even push on the pickup without movement if im just playing at home. Its just when standing and playing in a gig situation they move down. I guess they can slightly be off spec when they were manufactured, i dunno. If that doesn't fix and trying higher tension springs then i guess i will go the loctite route. Thanks again for all the suggestions!
     

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