Wiring question...

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Flying Teapot, Mar 12, 2020.

  1. Flying Teapot

    Flying Teapot TDPRI Member

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    Hi,
    I’ve swapped my bridge to fit a Bigsby to my Mexican Tele. I can’t remember where the unattached connection on the photo came from when I took it apart and strangely I don’t seem to be able to find the answer online. Can anybody solve this one for me?
     

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  2. scooteraz

    scooteraz Friend of Leo's

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    Lug for the bridge plate ground? Looks like that to me.
     
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  3. sleazy pot pie

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    Do you mean the ring at the end of the wire?
    That is a ground. Put it between the bridge and the tubing on one of your pickup adjustment bolts.
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  4. Flying Teapot

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    Thanks, I did that but the bridge pickup still isn’t working. I think the problem may be the contact with the pickup selector switch.
     
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  5. Si G X

    Si G X Tele-Afflicted

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    You have a problem somewhere else, that is 100% a ground wire. You don't really need it because the bridge is connected to ground through the pickup base plate and the screw going into it but it won't matter either way, it's not anything to do with the function of the pickup.
     
  6. Flying Teapot

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    Yeah, I’m pretty sure there’s a problem with the contact on the pickup selector switch. Nothing has come loose so it can’t be contacting correctly although it looks as if it is.
     
  7. schmee

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    Be careful the switch isn't grounding inside the body if it's shielded, did you change the switch? Or a bare ground wire isn't contacting the switch when you screw down the control plate. Try loosening the plate and let it hang, do things work then?
     
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    It is remarkably easy to break the pickup winding when taking it in and out. Measure the resistance at the solder joints of the pickup.
     
  9. tube.tone

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    I had a 2006 American Standard and that lug was screwed into the control cavity, which was painted with conductive paint.
     
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    DanB for the win!
     
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    UGH, that's too bad. It happens. I repaired one once, depends on where it broke.
     
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    That looks fairly easy to fix, with good soldering technique. I had cheap a dual rail pickup where one coil broke about a millimetre from the bobbin. I took the tape off and tried to unwrap a bit of wire and ended up killing it. Not worth going further with a $10 pickup - went in the trash.
     
  17. Flying Teapot

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    Thanks for the help everyone. Great spot by Dan on the copper wire, I’ll try that next!
     
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