Chinese Rail pickup wiring question

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by bluescaster72, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. bluescaster72

    bluescaster72 Tele-Holic

    Mar 4, 2009
    Ok I ordered from ebay a Chinese rail pickup for my Japanese Squier telecaster. The sounds is really good for less then ten dollars. I have these in a strat parts caster now this problem is occurring in both of them ! So something is up and I need to hear from someone who is experienced with these. Everything worked in the Strat Neck and Middle then comes position 4 and 5 . Hum which shouldn't be there not normal hum it is relatively loud. Now I am not a slouch on wiring but this has me puzzed of course if you stand in front of the amp it gets louder and if you move away it goes away . Doesn't do it on the neck and middle .

    Well today I wired in the bridge pickup for the telecaster . I installed it no problem but the hum was horrible ! I corrected a few things wiring wise not related to the pickup I saw wrong.. and even added a ground wire and it quieted down enough that I could use the noise gate on my modeler to eliminate it completely but being as these are humbuckers why is there a hum period ?? and why only on the bridge pickup ? I know how to read wiring diagrams . and can correct things and diagnose as I go . But this has me puzzled never had something I couldn't figure out .
  2. preactor

    preactor Tele-Meister

    Nov 27, 2009
    gainesville, ga
    In my haste, I usually overlook something. Something either appears to be shorted or grounded.
  3. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Lions & Tigers oh Mi !

    If it sounds like holding the end of the amp cord ... you are. Something is grounded that should not be. Sometimes it is a single strand of wire bent over touching something else. Or a blob of solder that drooled over the edge of a solder tab.

    Wire the problem pickup direct to the jack (use alligator clips/etc), is the problem still there? Then add in the switch/volume/etc/etc and track the source down.

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