4 way tele switch no bridge sound

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  1. revelation2012

    revelation2012 Tele-Meister

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    Hi all. I've spent a couple hours installing cavalier bridge pickup with a 4way switch. I have sound in all positions except the bridge position. middle has sound from the bridge the neck as well as the series position. But when selecting only the bridge I have no sound. Any idea where I'm missing for that position? Thanks for your help.
     
  2. tyler_rose2891

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    Could you perhaps post or send me a picture of your wiring harness? I assume your 4th position is the popular series option. I also use it and I may be able to look and see what’s wrong in short order.
     
  3. revelation2012

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    If this helps. It's a guitar I got of craigslist that had a monotone 4way wiring harness. yes and 4th pos is series. I have sound from the bridge pickup in both pos 2 and 4. But all the way back pos 1 I have no sound from the bridge. Thanks.
     
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  5. 63 vibroverb

    63 vibroverb Tele-Afflicted

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    You said the bridge pickup is coming thru on the combination positions, which makes me think the problem is with the switch, not with the wiring. There are occasions where the control plate slot is not long enough for the switch to make the full travel to either or both positions on the ends. Take a look and see if the switch is hitting the end of the slot before it can click into the bridge only position.
     
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    My first instinct is possibly the hot lead to the bridge is soldered to the wrong lug.
     
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  8. howardlo

    howardlo Tele-Holic

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    My bet would be on that.
     
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  9. AJBaker

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    Most likely is that the slot isn't quite long enough for the throw of the switch.

    Unscrew the switch from the plate and see if the problem persists.
     
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    agrees - I had to file both the switch and the slot to get mine to work- one more reason I do not like a 4 way switch :)
     
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  11. revelation2012

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    Okay. The switch was not throwing all the way back. Thanks. Although, it's out of phase in ther middle and series. I'll need to switch the leads.
     
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  12. 63 vibroverb

    63 vibroverb Tele-Afflicted

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    Get a jeweler’s file and widen the slot like my picture.
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