May 21st, 2012, 09:57 PM
And this time it's not recreational. I just finsihed up wiring my new project and plugged it in to make shure both pickups were working. I got noise when I taped on both pickups so all is cool there, but it's buzzin like a bumble bee on viagra. Before I pull it apart to start chasing ground issues (and I suck at that), do they normally buzz more without strings or am I being paranoid?
May 21st, 2012, 11:45 PM
Double check that you didn't swap your ground and hot leads at the jack.
If it's a RWRP set, the middle position should be just about silent.
One thing I occasionally forget is that the soldering iron is on the same electrical circuit as my test amp, and when the iron is on it causes one hell of a buzzing.
May 22nd, 2012, 02:03 PM
The more I think about it the more I think I may have switched the wires on the output jack. Also I noticed that the wiring diagram I have has the jack grounded on the tone pot, but my MIM has it grounded on the volume pot. Will that make any difference?
May 22nd, 2012, 02:17 PM
No, that won't make any difference.
May 22nd, 2012, 03:00 PM
Is there any trick for making sure you have good connection to the back of the pots? I'm always concerned that I'll end up with a cold solder joint.
May 22nd, 2012, 03:12 PM
I just use some sandpaper to roughen up the surface on the pot.
May 22nd, 2012, 03:33 PM
What weazel said. Tinning the pot makes it far, far easier to solder to it.
Abrade the surface, apply a tiny dab of flux & melt it, then apply heat to the pot and get a little bit of solder melted on there. After that, soldering a wire to the pot requires far less heat and you can work more quickly.