With the SG-1 installed as per the instructions, it seems too easy to accidentally break it. Can the SG-1 BE installed upside down and still work properly?

Any pickup can be broken if a user is not careful with it. The majority of incidents have happened when the plugged-in cable was stepped on - We are now offering a 3" lead cable with safety clip that's attached to the performer's clothes or guitar strap. If the cable is stepped on, the forced will be transferred to the clip and the pickup will be left unharmed.

If you’re concerned about whether it cannot fit in your case, whether wood or molded ABS, most hard cases will have a rigid foam that's below the interior lining. This interior foam can be pressed down to make a little extra space. Just make a note of where the pickup is touching. Your case may already have an imprint of where the bridge makes contact. If not, you could place a bit of masking tape with the adhesive side up on the top of the pickup, lightly begin to close the case, and the tape will be where you'll need to compress the foam. Turn the case around so the top is on the floor, be careful not to put pressure on the hinges, and press the spot you need to have more space. Usually, a little gentle pressure with your knee is all it takes.   

All that being said, mechanically the pickup will still work if installed upside down – you just have to mind that the top of the pickup is straight and the bottom is shaped, so when it’s reversed it might not be as easy as a fit. Any damage as a result of user error also wouldn’t be covered under warranty.

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