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post Jun 11 2008, 01:02 PM
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So, my guitar has had problems with eletrics many times, so far it's always been the wiring, but now many times thorougly checked, the wiring couldn't be better.

So the problem now is that, both of the pickups lack in distortion very much, and the weirdest thing is: sometimes they work perfectly for a couple of minutes, sometimes the other pickup works but the other doesnt and sometimes both or other one of them doesn't give any sounds at all! huh.gif

has anyone experienced something like this before or just otherwise could somebody know what the problem could be? Could it be the volume pot? I wouldn't wanna take it to a shop cos I'm a poor poor man....

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post Jun 11 2008, 02:13 PM
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Are they active pickups? Maybe the battery in that case?


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post Jun 11 2008, 02:24 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Jun 11 2008, 04:13 PM) *
Are they active pickups? Maybe the battery in that case?


mmm... no passive they are.


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post Jun 11 2008, 02:33 PM
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My old telecaster did something like that in the past, when I took it to the shop it turned up to be that after 13 years the switch selector was rust, and they had to change it. No problems ever since.

But maybe your guitar has a different problem, I don't know... does it happen when you switch pickups? Is there like a switch position in which it does it, but if you shake it a bit it stops?

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post Jun 11 2008, 02:40 PM
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Probably some wiring problems. Take it to the guitar tech to check the pots and electronics inside, it shouldn't be expensive and lasts a day or so.


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post Jun 11 2008, 03:03 PM
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Well, I do have somewhat experience of electronics, and I can pretty confidently say that it's not the mic switch.

Ivan, it sure does sound like wiring problems, but I've checked the solderings many times, I think I'm gonna check them once again, just to be sure. I know taking it to a pro shouldnt be that expensive, but sadly I am EXTREMELY poor. unsure.gif


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post Jun 11 2008, 03:11 PM
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I've had a million problems with the input on my guitar- check the soldering around that area too- gave me nightmares..

But sometimes guitar "techs" are useless. Honestly- the guy in my area couldn't fix my first guitar where i could (he couldn't even diagnose a problem) and he has spent 2 mopnths doing a simple job on my 2nd guitar. I gave it to him because i thought he'd be quicker and for the convenience, guess i though wrong.

So just check everything i would- every place that could be soldered, especially places that could be moving about.
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post Jun 11 2008, 03:58 PM
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QUOTE (DeepRoots @ Jun 11 2008, 05:11 PM) *
I've had a million problems with the input on my guitar- check the soldering around that area too- gave me nightmares..

But sometimes guitar "techs" are useless. Honestly- the guy in my area couldn't fix my first guitar where i could (he couldn't even diagnose a problem) and he has spent 2 mopnths doing a simple job on my 2nd guitar. I gave it to him because i thought he'd be quicker and for the convenience, guess i though wrong.

So just check everything i would- every place that could be soldered, especially places that could be moving about.


Wow, I remember cheking the input and it looked perfect, BUT thanks to your message I checked again, closer and infact the solderings were perfect, but as I looked as close as I ever could, one of the two wires of the input had only two of the "Straws" of the wire actually attached to the soldering! Apparently, the wire had always moved a little and in time those straws had cut. resoldered it, everything works Perfectly! smile.gif

For 3 three days I struggled with this like an hour a day with no results, and today it took 5 minutes to fix the whole thing! rolleyes.gif

thanks! smile.gif


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QUOTE (Tuubsu @ Jun 11 2008, 03:58 PM) *
thanks! smile.gif

Thats awesome news, Im glad i could help wink.gif
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post Jun 11 2008, 06:13 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Jun 11 2008, 09:33 AM) *
My old telecaster did something like that in the past, when I took it to the shop it turned up to be that after 13 years the switch selector was rust, and they had to change it. No problems ever since.

But maybe your guitar has a different problem, I don't know... does it happen when you switch pickups? Is there like a switch position in which it does it, but if you shake it a bit it stops?


I'll +1 here. I know my Ibanez has a problem wit its pickup selector switch. Similar symptoms, but it also crackles when I wiggle it sideways. I keep forgetting to take the pickguard off and check out all the wiring when I change the strings.


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check the input and use some spry to clean the volume /tone pots and switch selection other wise
some of your pickups from inside (coil) need to re-solder .


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post Jun 12 2008, 01:08 PM
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How is your sound when you move the volume controls on the guitar? I once had a problem that reminds me a bit of yours. My main volume control didn't work properly anymore, when I set it to full volume the sound was less distorted that it used to be, and more silent, when I took the volume on the guitar back a bit the sound suddenly became normal again. The problem was fixed by replacing the pot back then, it was just worn out.


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