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post Dec 21 2007, 04:41 PM
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I've got a really annoying problem, when I use my neck pickup it sometimes barely come any sound at all, I don't really know how to explain it. When I change to the neck pickup, sometimes it's ok and sometimes it's like that, so I was thinking it could either be the neck pickup itself or the pickup choser (or whatever it's called). I know it's not very well described, but I have no idea what it cvould be otherwise. I went in to my guitar store today, and he checked the guitar and changed the contact where you put the cable in the guitar, that made it a bit better, but I still have the problem now.

If anyone could give some advice, it would be awesome. smile.gif


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post Dec 21 2007, 04:48 PM
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What guitar is it, and what type of pickup selector switch is it? is it like the fender switch or a toggle switch like a gibson?

if you kinda wiggle the switch (sorry not very technical term) does it crackle? I`ve had it in the past something similar which turned out to be the toggle switch, I tried some electrical spray first (wd40) to try and clean the contacts, but eventually just changed the switch itself.

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post Dec 21 2007, 06:13 PM
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So the bridge pickup is fine then? I had this problem on one of my guitars; it was simply a loose connection. Check all the connections to the pots and pickup selector switch, if any of them are loose or look like they are barely soldered on, and some solder on it.
If this isn't the problem it may have something to do with grounding.


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post Dec 21 2007, 07:00 PM
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QUOTE (Fsgdjv @ Dec 21 2007, 04:41 PM) *
I've got a really annoying problem, when I use my neck pickup it sometimes barely come any sound at all, I don't really know how to explain it. When I change to the neck pickup, sometimes it's ok and sometimes it's like that, so I was thinking it could either be the neck pickup itself or the pickup choser (or whatever it's called). I know it's not very well described, but I have no idea what it cvould be otherwise. I went in to my guitar store today, and he checked the guitar and changed the contact where you put the cable in the guitar, that made it a bit better, but I still have the problem now.

If anyone could give some advice, it would be awesome. smile.gif

Did it work before?

I'd start checking the soldering from the pickup to the pot, whether it's fine or hanging by a thread.
Put electrical spray on, don't _spray_ but apply with a piece of cotton f.ex. You were from sweden, or? Don't use things "oil" like 5-56 or WD-40. Use something like http://www.nordicnet.se/MainNyheter$/...tail/n_id-8193/

Then check the switch it it's not connected all the time, wiggle it a little. The 3-way switches (on LP's) can have one of it's legs flabby and loose one position.


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post Dec 21 2007, 07:23 PM
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Thanks a lot all for replying.

Smells: It's a PRS SE custom, so it's got a toggle swich like gibson. And yeah, it cracles a bit, but it's done that for quite a while. I'll still check it out.

RIPDime: Yeah, the bridge pickup is fine, and the neck pickup is sometimes fine, so I guess it must be the selector.

MickeM: Yeah, it worked before, it just became like this today. Yeah, I'm from sweden so thanks for the link, and I'll try those things.


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post Dec 21 2007, 07:48 PM
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QUOTE (Fsgdjv @ Dec 21 2007, 07:23 PM) *
Thanks a lot all for replying.

Smells: It's a PRS SE custom, so it's got a toggle swich like gibson. And yeah, it cracles a bit, but it's done that for quite a while. I'll still check it out.

RIPDime: Yeah, the bridge pickup is fine, and the neck pickup is sometimes fine, so I guess it must be the selector.

MickeM: Yeah, it worked before, it just became like this today. Yeah, I'm from sweden so thanks for the link, and I'll try those things.

maybe check the switch first? Open and check the legs if they are visible.


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post Dec 21 2007, 07:57 PM
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Yeah I looked and everything seemed fine there. So I guess trying some of that kind of spray would be the next step now. smile.gif


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post Dec 21 2007, 08:04 PM
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try the spray as MickeM says apply with a cloth.

when you wiggle the switch, does it seem to make any connection and the pickup works? even if intermitently?


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post Dec 21 2007, 08:09 PM
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The pickup works intermitently, yeah.


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post Dec 21 2007, 08:12 PM
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try the spray first, but sounds like you`ll need to replace the switch sad.gif smile.gif


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post Dec 21 2007, 08:17 PM
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Ouch, sounds bad, but I'll try the spray first and keep my hope up.

But if it turns out that I have to replace the swich, is that something I do by myself or do I just go to my local store? I bought it this summer so I guess I have warranty, so it's still not that horrible even if it's the swich.


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post Dec 21 2007, 08:22 PM
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If you have a warranty then I`d definatly make use of that mate and get someone else to do it, you may invalidate it if you do it yourself. smile.gif


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post Dec 21 2007, 08:34 PM
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if it works intermittently to me personally that sounds like it would be a problem with wiring or connections somewhere, its like the switch selected the pickup okay because it works, but it only works intermittently because theres a loose connection. ya know?
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post Dec 21 2007, 08:39 PM
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Yeah, that sounds reasonable, all connections seemed good, so I'll just hope that the spray will do the magic.


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post Dec 21 2007, 09:03 PM
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QUOTE (Fsgdjv @ Dec 21 2007, 07:39 PM) *
Yeah, that sounds reasonable, all connections seemed good, so I'll just hope that the spray will do the magic.


fingers crossed m8 hope you get it sorted soon, its a real pain! I`ve had it myself in the past


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