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Need Help.Im new here, so please be gentle. My head is recked with this problem. I've started work on an old guitar i have lying around for years. Respray and all new electrics. The respray went very well indeed. The wiring no so well. I got 2 new seymour duncan distortion humbuckers, new volume and tone pots, wired everything as the same as the diagram i got with the pickups, put when i plug in theres no sound....When i put an effect like dist on the sound comes through but very faint, and no sound at all when using clean. Ive removed all wiring 3 times now to no avail. Cleaned every thing replaced still nothing. One thing worth adding the ground for the bridge that goes through the body is bad, so i put in a new one still nothing, Not 100% sure how to check if Ive damaged the pots while soldering, I presume to much heat to the pots will damage them. Ive searched for something like this problem, and anything close that ive found ive tried. Patience is running thin.....Oh excellent forum by the way :D

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Also - make sure your grounding is good. As for heat/pots, it's possible to fry "inexpensive" pots with too much heat. I fry 50k all the time :D

here is the link to the wiring diagram..http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/schematics.php?schematic=2h_2v_2t_3w

Retried the wiring again, 4th time i might add, the ground seems ok , the volume control on the neck has no effect at all, the bridge can be heard with effect but very faint again, now i'm getting alot of humm which does fade slightly when i touch the pots or bridge. I'm leaning towards all new pots again. Thinking there fried...

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hum usually = bad ground. I harp on this only because the majority of lack of sound/hum problems come from inadequate grounding. If you're using computer wires (as indicated in another post) they may not be heavy enough. Network wire ok - most of the wires running around in pcs = no bueno. Anyway you can post a pic of the wiring you've got going on?

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I have it stripped again. I think i'll take your advise and use a different wire. Ive now tested the pots and as far as i can tell there fine...Hopefully it is that computer wire, It was recomended by my local guitar shop. When all else fails, Eh! I'll post some pics when i'm up ans running... THank's for the advise, I'll be in touch soon with some good news I Hope...

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I recently had a similar problem when rewiring up an old build I just refinished. My pickups have that braid shielding and that braid shielding was touching (ever so slightly) the hot wire, so there was nothing coming out. Also, if you are using stranded wire, it is really easy for one stray strand to ruin everything. I suggest going through with a multimeter and testing all connections, etc. Worked wonders for me on another recent project.

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i'm in the process of ripping every thing outa my garage to find my multimetre, it's there some where. I cant belive i'm having this much trouble with this little wiring problem. Last year i managed to rewire an VW bug from scratch with out a hitch. So i'm standing back from it at the moment and tackle it fresh at the weekend. Thank again.

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  • 3 weeks later...

IT'S THE CHRISTMAS GHOST MESSING WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kidding........

Sorry..........felt a need to do that. But seriously, that's a totally weird problem. I kinda-sorta had a similar problem when I bought a schecter C-1 hellraiser(I know NON-CUSTOM GUITAR). I got it home and pluged it in and it sounded ok...... but in only 2 weeks of lots of playing I pluged it in and NO SOUND. So I go into the guitar wiring and at least three connections have disconnected themselves and the rest didnt like much better. So after re sotering 3 time everything it still didn;t work which eventually caused me to replace all the electronics on the guitar but the pickups. I even replaced the input! then it worked great. There was a bright side though, becuase it gave me the chance to try some custom wiring and reshield the control cavity.

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You may have burned something out with the soldering iron. Use a multimeter and go round the electronics testing for resistance between each side of the pots and things and avoid touching the soldering iron on any of the electronics for more that 5 seconds(especially near pots and capacitors).

If everything is fine check to see if any live wires are touching earth/ground wires. It's also possible that the lead isnt working so try plugging another guitar in and seeing if it works.

Try turning/changing all the knobs and switches to see if you get anything at all and make sure you have the jack wired the right way round.

Hope this helped.

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