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Unread 05-29-2004, 09:19 AM   #1
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"dead" pickup

My electric was given to me and I don't know any of it's electronics history or anything but when I put the pickup switch to the bottom pickup it's dead. I even took it to a guitar store to have it checked out. However, a few weeks ago at band practice I was playing around on it and didn't want anyone to hear me so I turned it to the bottom pickup which usually mutes it but I could vaguely hear myself playing... Do any of you know how to fix something like this? I have a feeling it's something in the wiring cause some of the wiring was really loose when I got it.

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Unread 05-29-2004, 09:24 AM   #2
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It's probably just a bad solder joint. Open it up, look for where the bridge pickup is wired, and re-solder it. What kind of guitar is this?
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Unread 05-29-2004, 09:32 AM   #3
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I think it's a yamaha RGX112, it's at my churhc though so I don't have it with me. I'll be sure to look at the solder joints though
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Ok. If your pickup is indeed dead, then just replace it.
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Unread 05-29-2004, 03:10 PM   #5
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Ok. If your pickup is indeed dead, then just replace it.
That would require money. Which I do not have.
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Unread 05-29-2004, 03:13 PM   #6
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That would require money. Which I do not have.
Then leave it there for looks. Or you could even put the dead one in the middle position, put the mid pup in the bridge postion, don't change the wiring at all, and have a cool neck/bridge combo for some tele-ish sounds.
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seeing as pickups are basically just magnets and coils i doubt the pickup is 'dead'. the problem is likely at the switch. you probably need to get the switch replaced. but as mentioned, check the solder joint for where that pickup meets the switch first.
if neither of those is the cause then the problem is probably where the wire is attached to the pickup (the hot wire, not the ground).
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seeing as pickups are basically just magnets and coils i doubt the pickup is 'dead'.
Somewhat fragile copper coils, nonetheless.
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Somewhat fragile copper coils, nonetheless.
yah, don't get me wrong i'm not saying a pickup itself can never be at fault. it's just usually it's not.
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seeing as pickups are basically just magnets and coils i doubt the pickup is 'dead'. the problem is likely at the switch. you probably need to get the switch replaced. but as mentioned, check the solder joint for where that pickup meets the switch first.
I would tend to agree - either a dirty switch, or bad solder joint. I have seen a couple bad pickups in my day - they were old Gibson ones made before everything was potted. They were both fixable - the break in the winding was just a few wraps into the coil. Still, pickups don't usually go bad. Easy to check with a $20.00 multimeter.
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I have read in sevearal places that these Yamaha RGX112 tend to have problems with their pickups. If you have a guitar center aroung you, you could probably get some one to check it out for you over there. Just find a cool person on there and tell him your deal. If he is cool he won't charge you. If not then he will charge you.
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Unread 05-31-2004, 07:07 PM   #12
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I have read in sevearal places that these Yamaha RGX112 tend to have problems with their pickups. If you have a guitar center aroung you, you could probably get some one to check it out for you over there. Just find a cool person on there and tell him your deal. If he is cool he won't charge you. If not then he will charge you.
I'd say chances of that are slim. Find a real guitar tech or luthier, and talk to him/her about it.
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Unread 05-31-2004, 07:58 PM   #13
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I'd say chances of that are slim. Find a real guitar tech or luthier, and talk to him/her about it.
or we could get Chesh on here hehe

is this a humbucker or a single coiled pick-up????
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Unread 05-31-2004, 08:49 PM   #14
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or we could get Chesh on here hehe
It's hard to tell what's wrong without an actual physical inspection. If I took a look at it, I bet I could figure it out.
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