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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-22-2006, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dead Tone knob?

I recently rewired my rg350 with an air norton, evo 2 and a virtual vintage and it all sounds great exept...The tone knob ain't working!

I tried rolling the knob back and forth playing different pups and i notice no difference. It's possible that i broke a soldering by accident when putting it all back together, but i dont think its likely...any ideas as to the source of the problem?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2006, 02:38 AM
 
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Re: Dead Tone knob?

Figure it this way, did you at all touch the tone pot when you removed your old pickups and installed your new pickups? If you did make sure that one side of the tone pot is still properly grounded and that the connection between the volume pot and the tone pot is good.

However, before you go nuts trying to figure out this problem. You should really ask yourself on how much you actually use the tone pot. If you don't really touch it at all (as in it's on full blast all the time), you should just consider removing it from the circuit entirely so reduce the amount of resistance in the circuit. By ditching your tone you do get a brighter(more presence) and a wee more output. In fact some companies(*cough* ESP Japan*cough*) actually put a switch that wires your bridge pickup right to your output jack for the maximum 'in your face' tone by eliminating the complete circuitry in the guitar. (ok, that may be going too far but you get the point).
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Re: Dead Tone knob?

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...actually put a switch that wires your bridge pickup right to your output jack for the maximum 'in your face' tone by eliminating the complete circuitry in the guitar. (ok, that may be going too far but you get the point).
Interesting; I'm planning to wire up one of my guitars that way. Do they also bypass the volume pot?
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Re: Dead Tone knob?

The 'direct switch' wires your the humbucker to a two-way toggle to goto the switch like normal on one side and the other goes right to the output jack, so yes, the volume is completely bypassed(you could wire it with another volume pot if you wanted).
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Re: Dead Tone knob?

I did notice the pickups have a bit more bite without the tone knob, but i like to use it a lot. I'm pretty sure the soldering wasn't touched, any other ideas?
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Re: Dead Tone knob?

I played around with the soldering on the pot a bit, but nothing changed - there was still no tone response. The grounding got redone and all connections were checked but to no avail.

I'm considering getting a new tone pot, would this be a viable solution?
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