I took apart a non-working crap guitar and now I don't know how to put it together.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by StrudelBass, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    Heh, okay. So uhm, my guitarist and I were working on repainting this free guitar I got from Sam Ash (yes, guitar) and we took it apart. The thing was, the guitar didn't work to begin with, so I thought I could probably repair it on my own. Little did I know now that wires are VERY confusing to the untrained. Could someone help me out here? I've looked at humbucker/single/single diagrams but the way its originally wired, its nowhere near the diagrams. Great.
  2. LOL! Man, that is not good. How bad is it or should I say are all the wires soldered to the pots/switches? If it is all soldered up, you could look for a bad connection. That's all I had to do with one of my schools basses, (OK it was a P-bass, but the same idea is in practice).
    Have fun!!!
  3. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Acquire a 3 ring binder.

    When disassembling projects, make notes
    or diagrams as you take things apart.

    Small ziplock bags are good, you disassemble, and can
    put a note in each bag, referring to the diagram.

    Then all the subassemblies are put in a gallon size
    bag for future reassembly.

    Now you are at a point where you need to start
    diagramming the wiring that you see, before
    messing it up further.

    Look at this as an opportunity to learn some
    valuable info on wiring. Go to the library and
    get a book on basic electrical diagrams.

    The stuff you learn here will stand you in good stead
    for many years.
  4. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Use duct tape. With it, you can fix anything.

    Wiring can be a real headache if you don't know what you're doing. Get a pro to do it for you, or if you are feeling adventurous, check out Project Guitar .
  5. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Fenders website used to have wiring diags available for download. Haven't been there in many moons so I don't know if they're still there.

    Check it out-you might find something useful. www.fender.com

    Better yet, go to www.mrgearhead.com. Tons of diags and layouts.

    Good luck-this will be a great learning opportunity.
  6. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    My apologies, it is .NET. ( But the .COM will work too. )

    I think there's a link from Fenders website to get there.
  7. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    PUT THE THING BACK TOGETHER!!!! Do what it takes, but you and your guitar player have to do it. You will be able to swap out pickups, change pots, jacks ect...
  8. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    We tried soldering the thing last nite (we're newbies at soldering heh). Lets just say we've gotten nowhere but a burnt carpet. :spit: :p
  9. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    1st question... How do I set up the output jack? I have two wires and I'm not sure which is the ground and which is the output wire. Everything else is still intact.
  10. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Strudel, you may want to delete this thread, and repost
    your question in setup, where you can get real help.
  11. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    Ground wires are usually black (unless it's an earth ground, then it's green usually). The signal/power wire that accompanies it might be white or red.