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Pickups don't sound right...

 
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Chikov



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:17 am    Post subject: Pickups don't sound right... Reply with quote

I am helping my friend with his Chinese made Sambora guitar. It has 2 humbakers with (what appears) regular SG, Les Paul wiring. However, when I switch down to a bridge pickup the sound is still pretty thick with a little Hi friq. in it. When you switch up to a neck pickup it sounds better but still almost like a bridge one. The worst thing happens when you put a switch in the middle - the sound gets weak, quiter... Does anyone know what might cause this? Reversed phasing maybe? Any thoughts?
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ghostwolf



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds like a phase issue to me, try reversing one of the pickup's leads. if it is out of phase, that should fix it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ghostwolf wrote:
sounds like a phase issue to me, try reversing one of the pickup's leads. if it is out of phase, that should fix it.

Yep..
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+3 pups out of phase.
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Chikov



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, pickups were out of phase! The bridge one had a shielding attached to a wrong side of the coil. I have only 3 words to say "Made in China"...
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