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Pickup Cutting out? Cause? Pickup Expert?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Johnnythunders, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Johnnythunders

    Johnnythunders Member

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    Ok this is a weird one that I'm trying to figure out. It's going to take some time.

    After playing for around 15-20 minutes guitar cuts out and shudders and come back with alot of distortion. Doesn't happen all of the time. Happened 2 out of the last three times I've played.

    Ok I changed guitars and it didn't happen last night so I'm thinking maybe it's the guitar. Checked the wiring looks ok.

    My question is can a guitar pickup have a short in the windings that could cause this or is it an all or nothing sort of thing. Could it be a pot?

    I'm going to try the guitar with another amp and cable to see if it happens.

    Any insight?
     
  2. Rosewood

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    More than likely a bad connection or short at the switch, pot, or output jack. The problem is the part about distortion, if a pickup or connections are partially shorted it just lets a small amount of signal through, but not distorted. Are you sure you don't have an amp problem?
     
  3. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    See if there are any loose strands from the shield on the cable end at you pots.
    It sounds like an intermittent short there.

    I know it's frustrating.
     
  4. Norcal_GIT_r

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    Check your grounds and switch.
     
  5. jeffwith1f

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    sounds like a switch problem to me, but if there is an issue, and you're not the sodering iron sorta guy you need to be to address this, just get thee to a luthier/ repair shop.
     
  6. geetarman

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    Sounds like a switch problem to me too. What kind of guitar is it? Does it do it in all switch positions?
     
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