Tele wiring - HELP! - Tone pot not working

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  1. JRSpencer74

    JRSpencer74 NEW MEMBER!

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    I just installed a set of Fender Muddy Waters pickups and controls in a Tele. I’m a newbie to wiring (as if you couldn’t tell already). It looks to me like I have everything where it was when it was removed from the MW Tele (and matches the schematic I found posted in the forum). But when I plugged it in to test it, it sounds very muddy in all positions (not pun intended) and the tone knob doesn’t effect the sound at all. Does this sound like something an idiot newbie like me would do? What have I done wrong?
     

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    Hi JR
    Can you repost the schematic you used along with a couple more detailed (and well lit) pix of the actual wiring?
    this shouldn't be hard to sort out.
     
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    I can't see much in the photo, but make sure your capacitor isn't touching anything except one lug on the tone pot and the bent lug/case on the volume pot.
     
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    This was all I could make out in that picture too - it looks like the leg of the cap might be touching the center lug of the volume pot. It's really hard to tell from that angle and with that lighting.

    Good luck - better pics will help folks help you.
    Rex
     
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    Both good suggestions on the cap.

    Plus make sure the 3rd leg of the volume pot and the cap have a good connection to the pot casing.

    Refloat the solder on that connection.

    You don't have to ask me how I know.:oops:

    From what I can see, a very nice guitar. Love the binding.

    Welcome to the forum!
     
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    I agree its not a clear pic but looks to me as if cap lead is earthing against the control plate.
     
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    Cool guitar and welcome! Wonder if heat shrink on that cap lead would be a good idea?
     
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    I finally had some time to get to the bottom of it. A stray drip of solder at the base of the pot connected two lugs together, shorting it out. I removed the offending solder and “viola,” she works as she should. Thanks for trying to help. And thanks for the compliments on the guitar, too.
     

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