Weak neck and bridge output

Jmantx

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So I'm building a telecaster...
I've come to a standstill. I plugged it in, and the 2 middle positions on my 4 way switch work, but the neck and bridge are both extremely quiet. I have checked grounding for the neck pup cover and the bridge. It's all good. Any ideas?

FYI - It's a shotvalveguitars prewired control plate and Wilkinson Alnico pups.
 

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Did you test all settings with the multimeter? All measured DCR values should be in the ballpark (a little lower) to the calculated values.
 

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Prepare a test lead with 1/4" mono jack on one end and croc clips on the other.
Plug into amp.
Start with croc clips across each isolated pickup - test
Solder pickups to switch, connect croc clips to switch output - test. All OK?
Add volume pot, test.
Add tone pot + cap, test.
Add output jack, test.
Screw down the cover plate and test..... ;-)
 

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Update - I contacted the seller, who has offered a repair with free shipping. I'll see what happens.
 

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So I'm building a telecaster...
I've come to a standstill. I plugged it in, and the 2 middle positions on my 4 way switch work, but the neck and bridge are both extremely quiet. I have checked grounding for the neck pup cover and the bridge. It's all good. Any ideas?

FYI - It's a shotvalveguitars prewired control plate and Wilkinson Alnico pups.

Pix of your wiring - especially the switch - would be helpful.
 

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Pix of your wiring - especially the switch - would be helpful.
I'm at work, but I'll take some when I'm at home. The seller refunded my money - no return required. I'll see what everyone here thinks. If there's no immediate solution, I may just rewire the whole thing.
 

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Here's what it looks like... I think it's probably a grounding issue but I don't know.

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All positions would be weak as it is as we see it right now! (;^) There are no connections from the pickups, right? https://www.lollarguitars.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/TELE-4-WAY.pdf

https://www.fralinpickups.com/2017/03/14/4-way-switching-tele/
https://www.fralinpickups.com/2017/03/14/4-way-switching-tele/
https://www.premierguitar.com/diy/mod-garage/telecaster-series-wiring

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f you don’t trust those, go to Seymour Duncan’s site for ‘4 way Telecaster wiring’.

I had just disconnected the pickup and ground wires.
 

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Try swapping the two wires on the output jack.
95% sure this sounds like what you are describing.
 

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Update: I completely rewired the switch by Fralin's instructions. There was apparently an unintended connection on the switch, and one faulty connection. The neck pickup was somehow on by itself for both middle positions. I then checked my bridge pickup for continuity...and bingo. As it turns out, my bridge pickup had 2 broken wires from the coil. One is broken off in the coil. Ugh. I ordered a new pickup.

Side note - it's my first tele. I've played a few Squiers, a modern player plus, and a few mims, but I never realized how good an Alnico neck pickup sounded on its own.
 




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