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weak classic vibe neck pickup fixed.

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by buckwalder, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. buckwalder

    buckwalder Tele-Meister

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    I have read this is a common problem with these guitars. Today I noticed that the neck pickup dropped in volume and sounded weak and thin.

    So, I took off the pick guard to get to the height adjust screws. As soon as I turned the screw the pickup came to life and is now louder than it has ever been.

    I don't know what I did but maybe something was touching the black shielding paint. There was a slight static noise as I touched the adjustment screw.

    So, just a heads up. Maybe the pickup problem with these is an easy fix.
     
  2. HotDan!

    HotDan! Friend of Leo's

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    I wouldn't call this a 'common problem' as you say (in fact, the first I heard of it) but I have to wonder how you picked up the 'static'. Testing plugged in? Usually any contact of a metal object (such as a screwdriver) anywhere on the pickup will cause the 'static' you describe so that's pretty much normal.
     
  3. buckwalder

    buckwalder Tele-Meister

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    I went to google and typed in " Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster weak neck pickup" and got a lot of hits. Yes, I had it plugged in. What I'm saying is that pickup was fine all along and it just needed to be moved a bit.
    The static from the screwdriver went away once the pickup came to life.

    So the reason I posted this is, so if anyone has the same problem, they should try this before changing the pickup. Maybe a blob of shielding paint was touching something on the bottom of the pickup.
     
  4. 68Telebass

    68Telebass Tele-Afflicted

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    Thanks for the tip! Sometimes the smallest problems seem like it could be a major deal!
    I'll definitely be checking connections/shielding etc prior to ordering new pickups right away if I ever get a power loss, or signal drop from one pickup.. :)
     
  5. buckwalder

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    The thing is, the neck pickup always sounded weak to me but yesterday it became even weaker.

    Now it sound full and loud! I see no reason to change it out. I always liked the bridge pickup though. These are just great instruments as is. I did change a few things on mine such as, a vintage reissue bridge and the older style round knobs, control plate and a bridge cover. The bridge cover stays off most of the time.

    This may be my imagination but with the bridge cover on it seems to sound a little different, in a good way.
     
  6. 68Telebass

    68Telebass Tele-Afflicted

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    Oh yes- almost like muting a trumpet or trombone. Different harmonic frequencies are enhanced and sustain. "Colors" the tone if you will. Has its role in voicing options for your tele- also makes you play differently. More to explore!
     
  7. buckwalder

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    No kidding, I thought I just had an over active imagination.
     
  8. netgear69

    netgear69 Tele-Afflicted

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    i bought a set of these pickups dirt cheap on ebay just to use for setting up guitars they sound as good as any high end pickups i have used
    maybe i am just easily pleased
     
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