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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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pickup problem

hi, i have a 7620 with 2 EMG 707's. i usually play with the pickup in the bridge position. when i switched it to the neck pickup last night, the sound kept cutting out. it was only for that pickup too, because everything worked fine in the other positions. also, the pickup started working fine a little later that night and even this morning. what do you think could be my problem? i'm thinking maybe a loose wire(s)? any input greatly appreciated
btw, the battery is new
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 02:50 PM
 
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Re: pickup problem

could be the 5-way, mine on my rg570 cuts out now and again when i change to the bridge, just havnt got round to replacing it.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 03:03 PM
 
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Re: pickup problem

The switch could need to be sprayed, or you may have two wires touching eachother.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 07:00 PM
 
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Re: pickup problem

It sounds like it's either the wires or the switch is going out. The switch on my guitar started doing that, a little bit at first and then it got progressively worse, until I finally just replaced it and it's worked fine ever since.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: pickup problem

is there anyway i can check the wires myself without having to take it to someone? i don't really know too much about the innards of guitars and at the same time i don't want to mess anything up. also, about needing the switch to be sprayed, what would be best? i'm a total tech noob. thanks so much
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2005, 12:23 AM
 
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Re: pickup problem

If you're a total tech newb, then I would suggest taking it to a professional. Regardless of what's causing the problem, it's most likely a cheap fix. It cost me like 20 bucks in parts and labor to get the switch replaced in my Pacifica.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2005, 03:46 PM
 
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Re: pickup problem

wouldn't the 707's just be hooked up on a 3 position bladed strat/tele switch? i agree that it is more than likely just a loose wire, but you guys are talking about 5 ways on an rg and he's got 707's...


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Re: pickup problem

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is there anyway i can check the wires myself without having to take it to someone? i don't really know too much about the innards of guitars and at the same time i don't want to mess anything up. also, about needing the switch to be sprayed, what would be best? i'm a total tech noob. thanks so much
You'll continue being a tech noob unless you start doing something yourself and this seems to be a good start. Easy enough.

This is very easy.

- What happens when using both pickups at the same time? (switch in the middle position)

If everything works fine the problem is definitely in the switch.
If the pickup does not sound well in any postion the problem is the pickup.

When you identify where's the problem first thing to do is checking if everything is well soldered. Normally here's the problem.

If the problem is in the swich and everything seems to be well soldered I would just replace it. If you are going to do so remember to take good note of how the cables are soldered so you do the same.

If the problem is the pickup and everything is well soldered there can be different alternatives.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2005, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: pickup problem

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You'll continue being a tech noob unless you start doing something yourself and this seems to be a good start. Easy enough.

This is very easy.

- What happens when using both pickups at the same time? (switch in the middle position)

If everything works fine the problem is definitely in the switch.
If the pickup does not sound well in any postion the problem is the pickup.

When you identify where's the problem first thing to do is checking if everything is well soldered. Normally here's the problem.

If the problem is in the swich and everything seems to be well soldered I would just replace it. If you are going to do so remember to take good note of how the cables are soldered so you do the same.

If the problem is the pickup and everything is well soldered there can be different alternatives.
they've been going strong for the past 2 days now. but when it was cutting out in the neck position, it was still working fine in the middle position. i'll wait and see if the problem persists. thanks for all the input guys
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-19-2005, 03:17 AM
 
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Re: pickup problem

Putting in a new switch (if that's what the problem is) is fairly easy, even if you're new to it. Spend 20 minutes practicing soldering, buy a new switch and make sure you connect it up exactly how it is now. Make a note of all the connectors and be methodical - it's not too difficult. The only thing to watch out for is overheating the lugs on the switch - they can break off, so it pays to practice soldering until you can do it quickly. This won't take long.

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: pickup problem

where's a good place to buy a switch?
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