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Unread 09-16-2007, 03:01 PM   #76
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earlier you said you have a schematic. is it available online?

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I loosely followed the schematic because some stuff was already wired up. Here's a rough paint shop schematic of how everything is run right now.
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So I'm guessing my schematic isn't very helpful huh?

I'm thinking about ordering this and starting fresh:

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electron...atocaster.html

Do you think this is a good move or should I practice more and find out what the problem is?
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it might just be good to go in and unsolder everything and start from scratch with what you have, following an existing schematic (like one from Seymour Duncan).
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That was basically what I did. My problem is that I don't know that I've got the same components that are used in the schematics. The other issue is that I'm not 100% sure that all of my components work. So, everything could be wired up perfectly and I could just have a bad pot or jack. Is there a way to check pups, pots, and jacks to make sure that they work?
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That was basically what I did. My problem is that I don't know that I've got the same components that are used in the schematics. The other issue is that I'm not 100% sure that all of my components work. So, everything could be wired up perfectly and I could just have a bad pot or jack. Is there a way to check pups, pots, and jacks to make sure that they work?
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if you have a volt-ohm meter you could check that signal flows through all of the parts and individually check components to see if they work.
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if you have a volt-ohm meter you could check that signal flows through all of the parts and individually check components to see if they work.
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Where would I get that? How do I check them?
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???

Where would I get that? How do I check them?
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get it at Radio Shack. You check for signal flow by placing one probe on one lug and the other on the lug where the other wire could go. I believe if there's flow the impedance (in ohm mode) should go from infinity to zero.
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it might be cheaper to just replace the switch, pots and output jack.
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Is all wire the same? Obviously they are coated w/ different colors but is it all the same wire? Are there any exceptions w/in the guitar's hardware?
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So, i'm hoping to pick up new pots, jacks, and 5 way switch today. What kind of wire do I need? Is it all the same?
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So, i'm hoping to pick up new pots, jacks, and 5 way switch today. What kind of wire do I need? Is it all the same?
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If you find stuff that's similar to what you already have in there, it should be fine.
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I'm ordering online, and i'm not really sure what i'm looking at. To me, it all looks the same (just w/ a different color coating).

Is this correct? Is all guitar wire the same?
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I'm ordering online, and i'm not really sure what i'm looking at. To me, it all looks the same (just w/ a different color coating).

Is this correct? Is all guitar wire the same?
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without seeing what you're looking at, I can't say. If you're ordering from a guitar accessory supply store then it should be basically what you have.

Basically it should be stranded, single conductor wire.
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without seeing what you're looking at, I can't say. If you're ordering from a guitar accessory supply store then it should be basically what you have.

Basically it should be stranded, single conductor wire.
and type is not really too critical. I have had good results with wire thats far heavier than you are supposed to use...

I mean, the gauges I have used have varied quite tremendously without a significant sonic change.
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and type is not really too critical. I have had good results with wire thats far heavier than you are supposed to use...

I mean, the gauges I have used have varied quite tremendously without a significant sonic change.
indeed. I think I read somewhere that the wiring on old Fender guitars (1950s) wasn't stranded wire. It was just a big solid single conductor wire.
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