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Soldering issues, telecaster

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by MrSwede, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. MrSwede

    MrSwede NEW MEMBER!

    Aug 9, 2012
    Hi there!
    I recently bought a cheap vintage by wilkinson telecaster, kind of just for fun, but I can barely use it at all because of the hum.
    I've got some string hum which goes away when i touch the strings, so I guess it all has got to do with improper grounding. I tried to ground my strings after doing som research but then the sound died completely. When i removed the string grounding the sound came back.
    When i did this i noticed that the wiring was completely diffirent from all the other telecaster wiring diagrams I've seen. I had no cable going from the sleeve tip on the input cup. The guy i bought it from said that the ground cable was in the same cable.. I think you will see on the pictures.

    Is this a possible way to wire a tele, or is it just dead wrong. Maybe my tele was a cause of one of them mondays?


    What do you think?

    Sincerely, MrSwede
  2. LocustPlague

    LocustPlague Tele-Holic

    Sep 17, 2008
    How did you perform the string grounding? It sounds like you may have just shorted the signal to ground. If you ran a wire from the back of a pot to the strings and it made the sound go completely away, I would wager that the output jack is wired up wrong.
  3. LTadrian

    LTadrian TDPRI Member

    Oct 21, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    Yeah it does look wrong, I don't know why there is that gray cable connecting the volume pot to the tone pot. :confused: But I wouldn't say that this would be the problem to the bad hum either.
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