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Damn I'm dumb.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by 4StringLoser, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. I was refinishing my bass yesterday, when a family member, who shall not be named (but shall be punished) Yanked the ground wire clean off the control plate while having a curious inspection of the guts under the control plate. :eek:

    to put things in context, I don't have a soldering iron, I am a total electronics noob, and don't really have enough money to buy a soldering iron.

    I understand the concept of the ground wire, but I don't really understand what effect it has on the workings of the bass, as in will the pickups work without the ground, will I die/explode if I try to play it whilst connected to my amp?

    It's not that urgent, given that I rarely play plugged in due to whiny family and neighbors. :meh:

    Sorry for being so damn dumb..
    it's just one of those things I've been meaning to learn, but never have. :bag:

  2. Get it fixed. Pay someone.
  3. Now that's something I'm morally against!
    but, in all seriousness, I don't really have enough money to pay someone else to do what I could probably do, If I knew how.

    I can probably borrow a soldering iron from my work, but I wouldn't have the first idea what to do.. :help:
  4. dece

    dece That would be me Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Google it
  5. Nightsun


    Dec 22, 2006
    Essex, UK
  6. That article is exactly what I needed, many thanks :)

    off to the stores to get a soldering iron! :hyper:
  7. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    Don't be so hard on yourself. At least your bass didn't fall over and break a headstock or something. This is an easy and relatively cheap fix. ;)
  8. ack

    ack Why Can't We All Get Along?

    Nov 19, 2006
    Somewhere near Raleigh
    replace "dumb" with "inexperienced".
    I'm with you - my soldering isn't pretty, but it all works.
    Good luck.
  9. tried that, but I couldn't find a simple article referring to WHY the ground wire was necessary.
  10. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    it is necessary because without the ground you may experience a lot of buzzing, and potentially feedback. unless you are using EMG electronics, then you dont need a ground wire to your bridge.

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