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Re: Dead pickup

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Posted by DougyFish ( on August 27, 2002 at 00:49:02:

In Reply to: Re: Dead pickup posted by Tristan on August 26, 2002 at 23:45:22:

I checked the circuit at the wire above where it's soldered to the pot so there can't be a cold solder joint at the pot. If this is the problem then the wire going to the pot must be soldered at the pickup. I'll pull it out and check. It can't be a break in the coil or there would be more than 5K Ohm resistance. I'll check it out and report back.


: : I've got a Fender MB4 bass with a silent rear pickup. All the pots check out with a volt meter. I get 0 ohms across the front pickup but a little over 5 ohms over the rear pickup. Would that much resistance cause it not to work?

: : Thanks,
: : Doug

: Yes, I'd say that difference in the readings means there is a short circuit in the rear p-u (if that's the case it's virtually irrepareable). However you should also check the consistency of the solder joins (you may have to remove the p-u cover if you haven't already), a dry joint will look rough, discoloured or like there's less solder on it than the other joins.

: P.S. If you really like your bass it's a good excuse to install new pick ups. I recently put active EMG's in my bass and the improvement was better than I expected. Bartolini and Basslines also have great p-u's.

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