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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2006, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
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Bad ground????

Hello good people. My neg wire on my output jack has been taped on for months because the peice of metal that you solder it to was busted off. So I took the jack off of a friends guitar and put it on mine and soldered it on and then I went to play and everytime I touch anything metal the thing starts buzzing like hell. I cant even turn on distortion because its just horrible. I thought that maybe I soldered them backwards so I switched them and its still the same thing. Theres nothing wronge with any of the wiring and I just cant figure it out. The only thing that I can think of is when I was soldering it the first time I got a power surge and my solder gun exploded. Could that jolt have ruined one of my pots or even my pickups? I should know soon enough if its the pickups I just ordered new pups that should be here in a few days. ANYWAY!! If anyone has any ideas on what it might be PLEAASSSEEEE!!! help me.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2006, 04:18 AM
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Re: Bad ground????

Did the tremolo ground wire somehow come loose?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2006, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Bad ground????

Nope its just fine.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2006, 04:30 AM
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Re: Bad ground????

The ground is conected to the hot curcut somewhere. some thing isnt wired right.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2006, 10:01 AM
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Re: Bad ground????

Is it a stereo output jack by chance, with three lugs? I wired up one just a few days ago, got confused as to which lug is which and wound up with exactly the same situation as you're in. I ended up just trying different combinations until I got it right. Assuming you didn't change any other wiring in the guitar, this seems like a fairly likely explanation.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2006, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Bad ground????

Nope. Just the 2. I pulled it out of a squire. I didnt change any of the wiring at all. I just switched the jacks and I even tryed wiring it backwards. It did the same exact thing except I didnt get as much sound. Before I switched them I always had a buzz untill I touched the strings then the buzz went away. Now theres no buzz untill I touch the strings. The buzz is about twice as loud as my sound output. I realize that when I get my volume turned down more than 1/4 below full the buzz gets much louder untill the volume is turned completely off. I have a 5 way switch and when I have it switched to the parts that arent wired the buzz gets really loud too. The only way I can cut down on the buzz is turning the tone all the way off and turning highs all the way down.
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