Detangling a Rat's Nest

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by give me the toan, Mar 13, 2021.

  1. give me the toan

    give me the toan TDPRI Member

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    I recently finished soldering my kit Tele Deluxe's electronics, but as soon as I plugged it in to test it, the amp began playing this horribly loud hum - with dual humbuckers. I haven't had buzzing issues with my regular Tele, so I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong.

    Pictures provided, but they may not be very helpful. I tried using The Fret Wire's online wiring guide. Also, apologies for said pictures being upside down.

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    give me the toan TDPRI Member

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    Also, the instructions I used mentioned a "bridge ground post", but I'm not sure of what that is.
     
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    A wire going from the bridge to a ground point on the back of the pot. On a gibson, they install the wire to make contact with the bridge or tailpiece bushing between the metal and the wood.


    1950s/1960s Gibson Electricals (rickn-guitars.com)


    With a body and bridge like yours, you drill an acute angle hole and feed a wire down to the control cavity from under the bridge.


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    Click this link:




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  5. Wally

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    The pictures you give are blurry, but it appears to me that you have not made ground with the third lug on the volume pots. Review all of your work using the diagram above. That site is too time consuming for me to see what their diagram looks like. Also, anytime you are going to pass a conducting lead of a component across any possible contact point, one would want to insulate the lead. I don’t like how the tone caps are done.
     
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    Middle lug of the tone pots need to be grounded.
    Cap legs should be wrapped (use tape or wire covering) to prevent grounding
    Cap legs should be connected to lug 1 of the tone pots (look at back of pot with the lugs pointing down. Lug 1 is on the right)
    Lug 1 of the volume pots need to be grounded
    Is the white wire soldered to the back of the pot spliced to the ground wire of the switch ground wire?
    Is your bridge grounded?
     
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    Looks like your bridge pick up is wired to the volume pot closest to the head of the guitar. May be what you want but is reverse of how most guitars are wired.
     
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