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    Pickup cover quandary...

    Morning, all! I've got a question which may be kinda silly, but here goes. I have a 2012 (I'm pretty sure) Sterling 4 HS, and love it dearly. Some months back, I posed a question about maybe electronically eliminating my neck pickup, but came to my senses and realized that's dumb. Nonetheless, there's still one switch position I just can't possibly imagine a use for, position '2' (one coil of bridge humbucker + dummy coil), and I would very much like to modify it to activate both bridge coils in parallel, a la Stingray.

    Now, if I understand correctly, the bridge pickup on HH and HS models is lacking a wire to make this possible, which bums me out for two reasons. The first and biggest is that it sounds flat out amazing, though if I swap it out it'll likely be for a Nordstrand, which I'm told is just as good or maybe even (blasphemy!) better. The second is that the Nordstrand (and all other aftermarkets of which I'm aware) has the old-style cover with the three mounting ears, whereas my bass has the awesome molded thumbrest deals. I'm sure it wouldn't be too big a deal comfort-wise, but aesthetically it would be less than ideal since it would match neither my pickguard cutout nor my neck pickup.

    Does anyone know if the pickup covers on these basses can be removed/replaced? I would think so, because surely people break them here and there, but I've heard they can and can't from various sources. Thank you.

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    IIRC the confusion is cuz some really can and some
    really cannot be removed. But [again IIRC] there's
    a pattern to it. SR4 covers are removable, but SR5
    covers are not. The same pattern presumably holds
    for Sterlings, which share 99% DNA with the SRs.

    Since you have a 4-string, your real problem would
    be whether the cover you remove from the MM PU
    will work with the innards of your 3rd party PU. It's
    likely that the poles are spaced slightly differently
    and also the depth may be a problem. You can get
    a custom PG and learn to rest your thumb on your
    new PU without the empty space that results from
    keeping the MM PG in place.

    Or, you can find a use for Position 2. I doubt any
    player in a listenable band uses it for an entire set
    but it does have some uses, like waking up drunks.

    Maybe since you like to solder, you can add a hefty
    tone cap to Position 2 to tame it for general use as
    a bridge single ?

    It seems you're averse to having a useless position
    on the coil switch. But swapping PUs just to sleep
    better at night ? Really ? If you don't wanna add a
    cap, just cut the wire and call it the mute switch :-)
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