Now the 10:54 post says ZERO reading from the control plate to the bridge plate. Before it read "000" The post above says you have a reading (circuit) ?? ie est 000 If you have ZERO from the control plate to the bridge plate, something has to be wrong with their pup base plate jumper, to the ground (black) wire AT the pickup. Just touch any short wire from the bridge plate, to the control plate (making the ground connection it needs) to verify that you can loose the noise. Checking the control plate should work to test for continuity to ground as the pots are metal and attached (bonded) to the control plate (metal) so everything has ground potential there. If you really want to check you could lift the c plate and do the check RIGHT at the pot case. Could be the solder joint is bad ON the pot and that's why the bridge plate isn't tied in there ???