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Pickup went bad.

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by HotRodSteve, Jan 21, 2021.

  1. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have a set of Fender Custom Shop '51 Nocasters in my Tele and the neck pickup stopped working. The repair shop told me the pickup is bad and needs replacing which I will do. These pickups are only a few years old and have never been abused. Is it common for a pickup to just die?
     
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  3. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Poster Extraordinaire

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    I should have been more specific, the pickup didn't really go bad it went to pickup heaven, or is that a nightclub?
     
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    Did you by chance move the pickup, or do anything that might have rubbed against the side of the pickup? Those tiny winding wires are really easy to break.
     
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  5. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nope, I never did any of that, the wires and sides haven't been touched since it was installed a few years ago. Basically it worked one day and the next day it didn't. I figured maybe it was a loose wire somewhere or a bad switch. Such is life, maybe Fender had a bad day when they made the pickup.
     
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    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    That's rare but it can happen. If it were a fancy or vintage pickup you could get it rewound or repaired. I would just buy a new one though and install it myself.
     
  7. HotRodSteve

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    Yep, I was able to find a new one online, should have it next week.
     
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    Have you done a close up visual inspection of the wire connections at the grommet? The feed wires can break; sometimes the solder connection goes flaky and a quick dab of a soldering iron will fix it.
     
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    I haven't, the guitar is in the repair shop.
     
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    rigatele Tele-Afflicted

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    Usually, that would mean the easiest thing is to get a new pickup.
     
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    The only pickups I've seen "go bad" were ones that suffered some sort of physical damage, such as a teenager gouging it with a screwdriver or a cat taking a whiz on it.
     
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    I'd check the solder joints on the pick-up before I would go to the expense of buying a new one.
     
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  14. HotRodSteve

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    I got my guitar back today from the doctor. There is a Fender '51 Nocaster in the bridge and a new Seymour Duncan Antiquity Neck Tele Single Coil Pickup. They both sound great on their own but with the pickup switch in the middle position the sound is awful, like some out of phase super strat from the 1980s. I'm guessing there is an issue between the Fender pickup and the SD, probably shouldn't mix and match. Any opinions?
     
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    You need to reverse the leads on one of them, but because the neck's cover's ground wire is soldered to the ground lead and the bridge's plate is soldered to it's ground lead, you need to change one of them. For example, if you wanna change the bridge you will find a little wire going from the ground lead to the plate. Leave the end soldered to the plate alone but remove the end going to the ground lead and solder that end to the hot lead instead. Now reverse the wires, IE: what used to be the ground lead now goes to the switch and what was the hot is now soldered to ground.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    What fender4life said. Quite a common problem because Fender changed magnet orientation in 1951 on Tele bridge and in 1958 on Strat pickups.
     
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    Fender pickups are out of phase with every aftermarket pickup Ive tried.
     
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    I decided to pull out the Fender bridge pickup and go with a Seymour Duncan pickup to match the SD neck pickup. Should be here soon from Sweetwater. Guitar will outlast me now.
     
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