Epi T-bird with SSB-4 Bridge and Standard Neck Pup - HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by lardster11, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. lardster11


    Jul 24, 2009
    Hi guys.

    Great forum! I've learnt more in the past hour than in the past 5 years just reading some threads on here! However, I've got (what I think to be) a really bizarre problem, which I've not come across in anything I've read as yet...

    If this has been asked before, I'm really sorry!

    I've got an Epi T-bird, all standard - well it was all standard until a problem with the bridge pup meant I had to change out the original - nothing whatsoever to do with the tone I must add - I've been really happy with the original pups sound.

    I digress - I went for a Seymour Duncan SSB-4 as the replacement - fitted it all fine no problems. Now here's where it gets a bit odd.

    With the neck (orignal) pup on alone, the sound is fine - and with the new bridge pup on, it's a little quieter (which is also fine - presumably the impedance etc is different)...

    However, when both pups are on full, the sound seems a bit thin (thinner than it was with both the originals on together), and turning the bridge pot down a little ( down to 8 rather than 10) makes the neck come through much louder, and deeper... If the bridge is on full, turning the neck from 0 up to 8 makes no difference whatsoever, the sound is exactly the same, until it gets above 8, then you can hear it, albeit not very loudly!

    I've rewired them to every combination I could think of, and nothing seems to solve the problem.

    As a final thought, I'd just put a magnet across them both - turns out the original has a North pole facing up, but the new SSB's North pole faces down... Could this be my issue?

    (or should I just have bought a pair of SSB-4's!)

    Any thoughts or solutions would be VERY gratefully received!

    Thanks a lot - and keep up the good work

  2. DanTheMan2112

    DanTheMan2112 Formerly known as dannnnn Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2007
    Beaufort, SC
    I don't know if you tried this, but maybe lower the neck pickup as much as possible and raise the bridge pickup.