Where does this wire go?

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  1. Flying Teapot

    Flying Teapot TDPRI Member

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    This is probably a very silly question but what should this loose wire be attached to in the bridge pickup? CBC35F38-4C50-4C1E-92BB-CCC863625D21.jpeg
     
  2. phil fridge

    phil fridge TDPRI Member

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    At a guess, an additional earth under the bridge plate...though the wire looks too thick to sit comfortably under there
     
  3. Zepfan

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    Bridge pickup base plate ground?
     
  4. Flying Teapot

    Flying Teapot TDPRI Member

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    Thanks, that’s the conclusion I came to. It just squeezes in the very edge of the cavity.
     
  5. old wrench

    old wrench Tele-Holic

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    It looks like you've already got a cavity ground.

    I think that ground terminal slips over one of the bridge pickup mounting screws.


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  6. mfguitar

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    I would trace it but it may connect to the cavity ground screw as well.
     
  7. sjtalon

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    BINGO
     
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  8. Tuxedo Poly

    Tuxedo Poly Tele-Afflicted

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    Yep, goes between the bridge plate and the silicone rubber tube.

    Tele_Mex_Bridge_Gnd_lug.jpg
     
  9. Vizcaster

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    The lug screwed to the bottom of the cavity is meant to provide a ground connection for the conductive paint so it operates as shielding (and the blob of solder down there looks suspiciously round as if the metal under it was not hot enough for the solder to flow out).

    As Tuxedo demonstrates for you, the other lug that you picture being free is meant to be installed so that it is touching the bridge plate. Some Teles just have a piece of wire smashed down between the plate and the paint. This provides a connection to ground for the bridge plate, and the saddles, and the strings. This "string ground" helps to quiet some noise (ever notice a sound when you take your hands off the strings?).

    Just a fine point, but Tux's drawing shows something that your pickup probably does not have, that is, a jumper between the black wire eyelet and the back of the pickup. You'd only have that if you had a metal base plate on the pickup. In that case, the little jumper means the black wire to the pickup is also jumpered to the base plate. And pickups with a metal base plate provide an alternate way to make a connection to the bridge plate because the mounting screws touch both the bridge plate and the pickup backing plate.
     
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