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Odd pickup switch delay

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Benjamin Strange, Jul 19, 2003.


  1. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Hey guys, long time no post for me (just got back from being on the road for 6 weeks). I just installed a Aguilar OBP-1 and a Les Paul style three way switch for a pickup selector. Everything is working fine, except the pickup selector pops a little, and there is a slight delay in the sound when switching pickups. I've never heard of anything like this before. Any suggestions, mates?
     
  2. If you switch it back and forth really quickly for about 30 seconds to a minute does the popping go away?

    Perhaps spraying some contact cleaner in there like CRC might help.

    :D:D

    Merls
     
  3. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Nope. It's a brand new switch, and it doesn't crackle like a dirty switch or pot does. It makes a sound kind of like when you turn an amp on - a small "boom" through the speakers.

    On the pickup leads there is a metal shielding which I did not wire to ground. The bass is dead quiet otherwise. Should I ground the shielding?
     
  4. Yes always ground it! What you are hearing is most likely a small DC spike generating from the motion of switching. The shield is there to cancel out any noise etc. Try resoldering it and ground the shield.

    :D:D

    Merls