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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-14-2012, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Single Coil Buzz When Thouched

I have a RG2550z (HSH). Recently I've bought DiMarzio D Activators and Area 67 to change the stock pickups. I've wired everything as shown in manual and I started having a major problem among some less noticeable ones...

It's a hum cancelling single coil and I think it does its job, but when I touch the magnets it produces a loud noise, almost as if I unplugged the cable (it still works though, you can hear the string).

I don't know, what can be wrong. Thought it might be the ground wire soldered badly, but it's not that. Also tried to reverse the hot and ground wires, and still there was the noise. Then I thought I'd screwed something up with the whole grounding stuff, so I tried putting the stock pickup back and it worked fine.

Apart from that I get a little hum from other pickups, just like bad grounding hum. Touching metal stuff helps, but I hadn't this problem with stock pickups...

Hope some more experienced users can help me. Thanks in advance.


EDIT:
OK, I've molested Google a bit more and I think I found the solution. Gonna try it and tell if it worked.

EDIT:
So, I found a solution, which was connecting the magnets to ground with a copper tape. Unfortunately I the only way I could get this kind of tape was via mail. Worried about my guitar being unstringed too long I've put the strings on and... Everything works like a charm... I don't fully get it, I've tried closing the chassis, but that didn't work... Now, when the guitar is stringed and set, everything is fine. You still can hear a little buzz, when you touch the magnets, but that's nothing that my noise gate can't get rid of. And the hum from humbuckers is gone completely.

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Re: Single Coil Buzz When Thouched

Sounds like a simple ground issue--make sure everything is grounded properly. You shouldn't need any copper tape.
Can you shoot me some pics of your wiring?



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Re: Single Coil Buzz When Thouched

Definitely a ground issue. Re solder the grounds to the volume pot. If need be, scratch it first with a wire brush so that the solder will stick better. Also check the ground at the jack.
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Re: Single Coil Buzz When Thouched

yeah, I've had to resolder grounds to get them to work... even if the connection looks good sometimes it isn't.
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Re: Single Coil Buzz When Thouched

Also needed to reverse the ground with hot, because it was out of phase with other pups. Now everything's fine. Thanks for help, guys.
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Also needed to reverse the ground with hot, because it was out of phase with other pups. Now everything's fine. Thanks for help, guys.
Great news--congrats! Did you have the green and red wires backwards?



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Re: Single Coil Buzz When Thouched

Originally, I put them as they were supposed to be put, but after I found out it sounded poor when pos 2&4 were selected, I rewired the red wire to ground and green as hot.
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