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Old 10-25-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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wiring up a pickup.... and nothings happening

I'm wiring up an EMG and the pickup is magnetic, but its not picking up anything, and its making a nasty buzz and I dont know where to start.

EMG 89 if that matters. 500k pot. can anyone help me out?

EDIT: I just read that it requires a 25k pot, so that might be part of the problem. but something was still screwy, sorry for the waste of a post, i will report back when i replace the pot

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Old 10-25-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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that wont make a difference with the problem that you are having. The only difference that will make is it will be all or nothing volume wise, it wont taper if you turn it down.
I would be willing to be your jack is wired wrong.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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well i actually started another thread asking about the jack. and it seems to be wired right, but that doesnt mean it is. ill post pictures as soon as i can
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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I just saw that you were the one that started that.
you using a switch? Lets see your diagram and your wiring.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:14 AM   #5
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if jack wiring is wrong then you wont get the buzz.

The buzz would happen if your wiring is somewhere wrong.. either a loose connection or a wrong connection.... (tone, volume , or switch)

recheck your wiring with the correct wiring diagram....
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #6
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here is the diagram im using:
http://www.sonic.net/~emgman/pdf/1%...20no%20tone.pdf

the only thing that is wee confusing, is apparently the ring is supposed to go to the battery, so i have it going to the negative of the battery, tip goes to the left most prong on the volume pot, and the ground going to the right most prong. if this right? im just wiring one 89 and a volume pot
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #7
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so I redid everything and it's still doing it. below is a shitty quality cell phone recording of the sound. im sorry its of such bad quality but its the best i can do right now. if it means anything, when I touch the right prong (short "hot" prong on the jack) it gets much much louder.
http://soundcloud.com/saferskies/vn00024-20121027-1914
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:33 PM   #8
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Take a picture of your wiring.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:06 PM   #10
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Do you have the red wire connected to the battery wire?
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:24 PM   #11
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the red wire coming off the pickup is going to the battery, and the red wire coming off of the short (hot) prong of the jack is going to the right prong of the pot
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:24 PM   #12
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bump. anyone? the pickup is making sound, so it doesnt seem like its wired totally wrong, just maybe a little improperly. but i went through all my solder joints and they seem good.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:52 PM   #13
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try the red wire on the jack going to the hot wire on the battery instead.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:13 PM   #14
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try the red wire on the jack going to the hot wire on the battery instead.


Don't do that!!!!
That'll send a horrible 9V DC charge directly to your amp!
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:39 PM   #15
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ok... didnt do that, but the guitar is just chillin because i havent figured out what the deal is, and i dont wanna make any worse. so does anyone have any insight?
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:47 PM   #16
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sorry man, confused black and red.
you sure you have the right diagram?/can you post it?
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:26 AM   #17
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i did post it, check one of my earlier posts
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:32 PM   #18
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bump. still need some help
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:06 PM   #19
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Do you have the right wires connected to the right places on the jack? You see whats going on in the wiring diagram is that it's a stereo jack, so when you plug in it connects the battery's negitive to ground therefore turning the circuit on.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:54 PM   #20
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well i have the long prong on the jack (ground) going to left prong of the volume pot. short prong on jack (hot) going to the right prong of the pot. and middle jack prong going to the negative of the battery.
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