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buzzing - tone pot issue?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ack, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. ack

    ack Why Can't We All Get Along?

    Nov 19, 2006
    Somewhere near Raleigh
    Hey all,

    Kinda new to all this, but I'm tring to troubleshoot a wiring and/or electronics issue on an old P/J.

    I have a P/J (V/V/T) that was acting funny - severe volume drop when on full and some other electronic issues. To make a long story short, I just had a P/J set hand wound for me and went to drop them in tonight.

    When I plug everything in, I hear a very loud hum (almost a buzzing) that only goes away if I touch any of the 3 knobs. Touching the strings, bridge or output jack doesn't change anything.

    I opened it up and checked all the solder joints. I can get the buzzing to go away if I move the capacitor around a bit. Thinking it was broken, I replaced the cap (.47uF) with a new one, but the problem persists. If I touch the lug that the capacitor is soldered to, I can hear a distinct change, and sometimes a popping noise.

    Is it possible that the Tone pot itself (250k) is causing the issue?

    Thanks in advance for any useful advice.
  2. ack

    ack Why Can't We All Get Along?

    Nov 19, 2006
    Somewhere near Raleigh
    problem solved - mods can close this - thanks.
  3. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    So what was the problem?