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Tele bridge pickup bizzing

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by zac jessup, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. zac jessup

    zac jessup TDPRI Member

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    Hey guys, I have a 2012 tele with a buzzy bridge pickup. When I touch the pickup it buzzes very loudly, but if I touch any other metal part on the guitar, the buzz is reduced but not gone. I have checked all the grounds and also flipped the polarity but with no success. My thoughts are the pole peices are somehow hot? The pickup is a lollar vintage. There's a little bit of rust on two of the pole peices but nothing major.

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    I have also tried wiring the pickup straight to the output jack which also didn't help
     
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    Ess Eff Tele-Afflicted

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    Have you got a ground going to your bridge plate?
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    Is there a chance you wired it backwards, inverting the hot and the ground leads?
     
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    I do yes
     
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    I tried reversing them but to no avail
     
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    Take a multimeter and check the resistance between the poles and ground.
     
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    Ok I'll try that! I'm guessing I should be seeing 0 ohms?
     
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    Then I really do not think of anything else other than a faulty pickup. As you say and IME the symptoms you get are really evocative of the pole pieces being hot.
     
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    That would show that the inner windings have a connection to the pole pieces.
     
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    I should also add that It buzzes when I touch the bobbin of the pickup as well. Would this happen if the pole peices are hot?

    I'll measure the resistance between the pole peices and ground then report back on the readings.
     
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    The resistance between the pole peices and ground are too high to read. Same with the hot lead to the pole peices
     
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