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Fixing a pickup

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by VillainSean, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. VillainSean

    VillainSean Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Hello Gurus,
    I have a tele neck pickup that just "stopped" working.
    what steps can I take to investigate what went wrong and how to fix it?

    TIA
     
  2. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Afflicted

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    The first step, is to take off the control plate, and wiggle wires....it's quite possible that you just have a faulty connection to the switch....

    Do you have a multi-meter / Volt/ Ohm Meter and a soldering gun ?


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  3. Danb541

    Danb541 Tele-Afflicted

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    make sure the two little copper wires are soldered to the baseplate (where the hot and ground wires come off the pickup. Ive had one break before, easy fix. Solder it back. You can also just solder both the connections anyways and see if that does it.

    Edit. I was assuming the pickup was not still in the guitar. Is it still in the guitar? If yes, then it could be a number of things. Most likely having to do with a bad solder connection.
     
  4. VillainSean

    VillainSean Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Thanks guys. I've taken them out of the original guitar and tried them in a different tele, to the same result. I can't see where any of the wires are broken. Maybe it's a just sort of "loose".
     
  5. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Afflicted

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    If the pickup isn't working (at all) in two different guitars....chances are you have a bad pickup.

    Use the Ohm meter to measure the resistance across the pickups two wires.
    (ie: measure the resistance of the coil)



    If the resistance is infinite...the coil is open
    (the copper wire has a break in it)
     
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