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Nocaster Neck Pickup Defective?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by mwittoesch, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. mwittoesch

    mwittoesch TDPRI Member

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    Fellow tele modders and builders

    I just put a brand new set on Nocaster pickups in my newly built partscaster. The original pickups were not to my taste. I am using a pre-wired Callaham 3-way control plate.

    There are no visible shorts and the wiring appears to be just as per the wiring diagram, however the neck pick up sounds very thin. Further, when rolling off the tone, the volume also is cut.

    My question is this: Could this be a symptom of the a bad pickup, or is more like a "hidden" wiring issue. Help.........
     
  2. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Sounds like the two pickups might be out of phase. Are they both Fender pickups? Seymour Duncan and fender pickups are not wired the same and will have phase issues if you don't reverse one of them.

    You said Nocaster set so I'll assume they're both of the same brand. Still phasing issues happen sometimes right from the factory.
     
  3. mwittoesch

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    Thanks Telenator. The pickups are genuine, out-of-the-box new 51 Custom Shop Nocaster Pickups. I understand the phase issue, but would that affect just the neck pickup by itself?
     
  4. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Hmmmmmm, ya got me there.
     
  5. garymaddox

    garymaddox Tele-Afflicted

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    You could try adjusting the height of the neck. Sounds like it would have to be way off from your description though. A cold solder connection either at the hot or the ground is also a definite maybe. :)
     
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    I just got a bad neck pickup in a brand new nocaster set myself. They replaced the pickup and everything is good now. Send it back. Must of had a bad run on some?
     
  7. mellecaster

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    I would disconnect both pickups and check them with a VOM for readings..then inspect all of your wiring carefully...in other words, start over.
     
  8. mwittoesch

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    Thanks all.

    I did start over. Perfect wiring, no cold solder joints or shorts... and.... same problem. I then installed an old Fender American Standard pickup I had laying around. No problems. Therefore I have to deduce that problem is the that the pickup is defective.
     
  9. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    What was the neck pickups ohms ?
     
  10. mwittoesch

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    I finally got a chance to test it with a multimeter. Even I got some sound out of it, it registered a big 0. Case closed - out-of-box failure!

    R
     
  11. mellecaster

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    Happens a lot on New Fender Pickups....usually needs the solder reflowed at the eyelet...but that shouldn't be something you should have to do...It should have been good out of the box....Do you see any breaks in the coil wires coming off the wind ?
     
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    cc9cii Friend of Leo's

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    ?? zero implies a short... shouldn't make any sound whatsoever??
     
  13. mwittoesch

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    I know. I checked with two different VOM's and got 0..........but still made a bit of a sound when installed. Go figure. The good news is that Fender is sending a replacement.
     
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