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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2012, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Whooshing noise from EMGs in RG8320, possibly battery compartment related

Hi, I wonder if anyone can help - I have an RG8320 fitted from the factory with active EMGs and a 9V battery compartment. Recently I've started getting huge amounts of variable loud noise when plugged in - as loud as the actually guitar tone. Sounds like whooshing wind effects rather than pickup hum. I've checked for loose connections and there's no obvious solder breaks, used switch cleaning lubricant on all relevant parts and still no luck.

The battery compartment looks like it's one of these:
http://www.allparts.uk.com/online-sh...st-p-4023.html

If there's no obvious solution I'll get a replacement one of these and resolder, see if that fixes it.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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Re: Whooshing noise from EMGs in RG8320, possibly battery compartment related

perhaps a grounding issue? have you checked your grounding connection?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Whooshing noise from EMGs in RG8320, possibly battery compartment related

Thanks for the suggestion but grounding seems ok - there's a black wire still firmly soldered to the trem claw from the tone pot. Think I'll try a new battery compartment and see if that's the problem.
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Re: Whooshing noise from EMGs in RG8320, possibly battery compartment related

Active EMG's are not supposed to be grounded to the bridge at all. They are grounded internally (meaning inside the pickups themselves). That could be causing your problem.
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Re: Whooshing noise from EMGs in RG8320, possibly battery compartment related

Thanks for the advice, but I ended up earmarking this guitar for a pickup swap rather than troubleshoot the dodgy wire :-)

Crunch Lab and Liquifire plus suitable vol & tone pots installed. Too early to give a full review but early indications are that I'm liking the new combination. Playing crunchy metal riffs, the Crunch Lab has added a bit more beef to this alder bodied guitar in Drop C. The EMG81 always sounded a little hollow. Surprised how hot the Liquifire is though - sounds like a bridge pickup, voicing very similar to the Crunch Lab. I think I preferred the EMG85 neck as it had a natural bluesy character to it and more contrast with the bridge pickup. (This is just using existing favourite patches so I'm sure there's more nuances I can get out of both pickups as I experiment.)
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Re: Whooshing noise from EMGs in RG8320, possibly battery compartment related

The important Q is: Did the noise go away???

The sound you were describing sounded more like a pre-amp or maybe an environmental issue.
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Re: Whooshing noise from EMGs in RG8320, possibly battery compartment related

It wasn't environmental, it must have been down to either the grounding, broken soldering, or a bad battery compartment as it's absolutely fine now, despite some initially poor soldering from me on Friday. I'm much better at it now than I was at the start of the weekend!
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