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Pot short?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by bluetele54, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. bluetele54

    bluetele54 Friend of Leo's

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    Tele fell...
    Bridge pup weak, out of phase sounding.
    It’s a rewind, but one done over 22 years ago.
    Is it possible that either the tone control or vol. may have been hit and created the issue?
    Thoughts?
     
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    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Many possibilities. Check the switch. It may have been bent out of position. See if is sounds better in in-between settings. Also could have knocked a solder joint loose. You've got some 'vestigatin' to do.
     
  3. bluetele54

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    I’m thinking solder joint as well.
    Yes, tried different switch positions, but to tour point, it may be bent out of position.

    It’s a drag, as the guitar is arguably my best sounding one over all, or one I’ve become very comfortable with over time.
    It’s an original ‘52 body with an original Nocaster neck.
    A glorified parts guitar, but a good one.
     
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    Not something you want to throw on the scrap heap yet!

    The switch sticks up pretty high and can get jammed pretty easily in a face plant. This will mess with the alignment of the contacts. Fairly fragile. Shouldn't hurt the pots much, but a cold solder joint can fail anywhere.
     
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    That’s my thought too re solder joint.
    I’ll check the switch again though.
    I’ve never heard of a pup failing from a fall.
     
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    Pickups, when they're mounted in a guitar, are fairly robust. By themselves, however...if you drop one on the floor it can kill it.

    Do you have a DMM? If so, check each component for proper operation, and desolder one of the pickup leads and test the pickup for proper Ohms resistance spec.

    If you don't have a DMM, you're in luck because they are inexpensive. Even the cheepies do everything you need to test a guitar circuit. Some don't have a capacitance setting so make sure to get a meter that included that function.
     
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