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Old 09-26-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Ground Wire for EMGs

So I am missing a ground wire for my guitar with EMGs in it. They are the solderless kind, and I think because I don't keep the back plate that covers my springs to my Floyd, it must have got yanked out at one point from another. It has been out for a while, but now I am having problems with my guitar. It's not my amp or chord or battery, it could be the jack, I'm not sure but I bet the missing ground isn't good.

Anyway, I emailed EMG about it and all I got back was "Sorry we donít have any groundwires around here." and that's it. So my question is where can I get a new ground? because I'd rather not drop 30 bucks on a whole new wire kit.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:05 PM   #2
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I don't believe active EMGs are supposed to be grounded to the bridge, hopefully someone more knowledgeable can jump in and confirm or deny. I'm like 90% sure thats correct though.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:10 PM   #3
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^ you are correct!

TS what problem are you having with your guitar?
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:17 PM   #4
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TS what problem are you having with your guitar?


Well it like phases out kind of, almost sounds like the battery is dying, but it can't be that old, on clean settings it is pretty dirty and distorted. I've checked all my connections and everything seems to be ok, it might be the jack but I don't know what would be wrong with it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:55 PM   #5
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Do you leave it plugged in? If so the battery could have died.

Do yourself a favor and change the battery before you pull your hair out.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:13 AM   #6
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just sitck the battery on your tongue for a half a second and see how much juice its got left. it will not hurt you, a 9V battery has nowhere near the amperage to kill you. it doesn't hurt either. i do this when ever i find a battery laying around before replacing it.

if you don't do that get out your DVOM.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:17 AM   #7
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Stick a new battery in it and see. In the time it took to make this thread you could have tested it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:30 AM   #8
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Dirty cleans = dead battery. Quickest and most annoying way to tell that you need a new battery.

Go get a shiny new Duracell. For whatever reason I've found that they work best with EMGs.

**** Energizer.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:37 AM   #9
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I use a Nicad rechargeable in mine with a socket on the back of the guitar to plug a battery charger into. Had the same battery in there for about 20 years.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:27 AM   #10
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Troubleshooting 101 - start at the source of power. Put a new battery in it and see if that fixes it. Never assume something is good because it's not very old.

Also with active pickups any time the cable is plugged into the guitar,the circuit is complete, and you are draining the battery. Unplug it when not playing.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:06 PM   #11
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Yup I guess it was the Battery, it's weird because it is a fairly new battery I thought, and I don't leave my guitars plugged in because it drains it. I guess it's not coincidence that the battery was an Engergizer!
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You have no idea how long it had been sitting on the shelf before you bought it.
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I use a Nicad rechargeable in mine with a socket on the back of the guitar to plug a battery charger into. Had the same battery in there for about 20 years.


So you just plug in an adapter to your guitar to recharge it? That's pretty ****ing cool.
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So you just plug in an adapter to your guitar to recharge it? That's pretty ****ing cool.

Yeah but I use an actual nicad battery charger with a fly lead added to it for the task. That way I can't overcharge it. I guess that's why it's lasted so long.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:32 PM   #15
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Yup I guess it was the Battery, it's weird because it is a fairly new battery I thought, and I don't leave my guitars plugged in because it drains it. I guess it's not coincidence that the battery was an Engergizer!


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