Originally Posted by power freak
Well how hard is it. I would love to try the new Paf joe in the bridge position with an Alnico 5 magnet. I am no expert on pickups (more of an amp man myself
1) How hard is it??
2) Would I need to rewind the pickup afterwards??
if you're talking about replacing the bar magnet underneath the coils, it's not that hard, and you don't need [and wouldn't want to] rewind the pickup, but you should be really careful about a few things.
most dimarzio humbuckers unscrew from under the baseplate, and the bar magnet is jammed between the ends of the pole pieces. to swap in a new magnet, you would want a new one with exactly the same dimensions, or it might not fit [your best best might be to steal it out of a different dimarzio pickup]. also, you want to be really careful with the wires inside, where the pickup cable connects to the wiring of the coils. if you break the hair-thin copper coil wires or their connection to the pickup cable, the pickup is dead, and those tiny wires are impossible to resolder -- i lost an HS2 that way 12 years ago.
i have worried some about the pickup being 'looser' when put back together, since you have to disturb some of the wax potting, but i've never had any additional feedback problems in pickups that i've flipped the magnet.