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krizalid
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hai.. i'm not used to this section so, practically, i'm new here. i got a question, my guitar had three pickups, s s h and none of these, make any sound when plugged in. the guitar is pretty old but i kept the pickup very well. i'll always check it just fior sure but still, it's silence, scared me. what's wrong actually? can anyone help?

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thanks for the reply. however, the amp is ok, as i'm using a barnd new marshall amp, but the guitar just stood silence. i've check the solder joint and they're ok. i'm wondering if i had to buy new pickup? can i avoid this? can anyone give any clue or suggested anything that might help?

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Could be a number of things...but it sounds like your signal is being grounded before heading into the cable. check for open ground wires touching the hot leads. also be sure that the hot leads are not touching any shielding, I've found that to be the problem more than once. If it's not the cable or the amp, then it's the wiring. Very rare for a pickup to die, let alone three on the same guitar.

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If all wiring connections look solid then the next step is to check the wires themselves for continuity. Use a small hand held multimeter and set it on resistance (ohms) and touch the contact ends of each wire. If you get a reading then the wire is ok. If you get infinite resistance that means the wire is broken. Multimeters are real cheap and good for all kinds of other applications too so its a good investment.

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