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Pickup stopped working

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Willy B, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Willy B

    Willy B Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    One of the Bartolini pups (neck) on my 6-string Ibanez was cutting in and out. It would either be working fine, be sort of working (audible but low volume output and scratchy), or not working at all. I could affect this by jiggling the pickup and sometimes get it to work again, only to have it cut out again once I touched it.

    Now, I will probably end up taking it to a tech anyway, as I have no expertise in this area, but I'd like to get an idea of what exactly the problem is. Since removing the pup to take the pic below, and then putting it back in, the pup is not working at all.

  2. RobbieK


    Jun 14, 2003
    I'd check for a short between the braid and the hot (inner) wire of the black cable.

    It's very common to melt through the insulation when the braid is being soldered, so if you trim it back and resolder, or replace the wire all together, then use a heatsink clip on the braid.

    It may also be a cold solder joint at the solder lugs, or an internal break in the wire itself.

    There's also a slim chance there's an internal short or open wire in the actual pickup, but I'd be surprised.

    If it's not the first suggestion, I'd remove all the wires, check the continuity of the coils are OK, then replace the wiring.
  3. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    in a nutshell.
  4. Willy B

    Willy B Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    Finally got around to taking it in for repair; apparently, one of the coils was dead so, the pickup was rewired to be single coil. It was a cheap fix and it sounds great. Just wanted to provide this for closure's sake. Thanks RobbieK for the suggestions.