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Old 01-09-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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My RG's sound is dying..

Well i've owned my RG for like 3.5 years now and i haven't really had many problems over the years. These days it just needs a good clean and a replacement of all the screws that have completely rusted.
As of the last week or so when i plug it into my amp, the sound kind of dies... I play with a lot of distortion and the sound is reminiscent of the battery dying.. I initially thought this was the problem but i replaced the battery last night and it fixed it for that night but today it's back to the way it was..
Cleans don't work either. They're just a shitty super glassy really distorted and ****ed up unbearable tone.
I'm not too smart with troubleshooting with guitars. I had a problem about 4 years ago with my first guitar. The soldering in the volume pot was ****ed which resulted in well no sound at all, and i had to send it to my guitar tech to fix it.
If i was to take a guess this is all i cold think of... either my pots are ****ed or my pickups or something.
OCCASIONALLY the sound will go back to normal but it doesn't last more than a few minutes before going back to it's shitty dead sound.

If anyone could give any advice that would be much appreciated. Thanks.

EDIT: Not my amp either. Tried my other guitars and they work fine. Cleans and distorted just the way i want them to be.

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Really had to bump this thread..

Took my guitar to the guitar tech yesterday. He plugs it into an amp and it works fine.. I'm totally baffled and he thinks it could have something to do with active pickups and earthing or something possibly. Anyways, i get home and my guitar works completely fine. Wake up today and my guitar is back to just the ****ing way it was. I don't wanna seem like a twat and keep taking my guitar into the guitar store then have it somehow magically work. I plugged it into 2 other amps i have at home and they both had the same shitty sound when my RG was plugged in...

I really don't know what to do. This is the most frustrating thing that's ever happened to me guitar related..
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:16 AM   #2
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Sounds like a bad connection somewhere. Your guess on the pots may be correct.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:18 AM   #3
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What type of pick-ups do you have? Any change if you mess with the pick-up selector?

Any change if you wiggle the jack? Have you opened it up and looked for a loose wire?
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:26 AM   #4
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What type of pick-ups do you have? Any change if you mess with the pick-up selector?

Any change if you wiggle the jack? Have you opened it up and looked for a loose wire?


EMG 81/85.
No difference if i change pickups.
No change if i wiggle the jack.

I'm trying to open it up but they did a good job at making it near impossible to open.. Tried for a good 10 minutes.. It's only got the 1 spot at the back to unscrew then pull the panel open but the panel just cannot be opened.. Can't be unscrewed right from the input either :|
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:27 AM   #5
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Dead battery for the EMG's. Stick a fresh 9V in there and it'll be good.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:29 AM   #6
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Dead battery for the EMG's. Stick a fresh 9V in there and it'll be good.


I put a fresh battery in yesterday..
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I put a fresh battery in yesterday..


Sorry, missed that in the OP. Then yeah, dodgy pot connection is possible.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:32 AM   #8
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If you don't find a wire loose I would order some quality pots.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:21 AM   #9
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Really had to bump this thread..

Took my guitar to the guitar tech yesterday. He plugs it into an amp and it works fine.. I'm totally baffled and he thinks it could have something to do with active pickups and earthing or something possibly. Anyways, i get home and my guitar works completely fine. Wake up today and my guitar is back to just the ****ing way it was. I don't wanna seem like a twat and keep taking my guitar into the guitar store then have it somehow magically work. I plugged it into 2 other amps i have at home and they both had the same shitty sound when my RG was plugged in...

I really don't know what to do. This is the most frustrating thing that's ever happened to me guitar related..
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:01 AM   #10
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Sounds like a bad solder connection.

Recently rewired a guitar and the active pups were cutting in and out. Ended up replacing one of the pots and it still was cutting out. Turned out to be one of the solder joints on the tone pot. Re-soldered and it was fine.

Did you replace the stock pickups or have someone else do it for you? If so, it could have been a dodgy wiring job.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:41 AM   #11
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Did you replace the stock pickups or have someone else do it for you? If so, it could have been a dodgy wiring job.


Nope, haven't made any alterations to my guitar since its purchase.
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In any case, it sounds like a bad solder joint. Grab a screwdriver and tap around all the joints and see if any crackle or affect the output.
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Might be a dirty selector switch, spray some contact cleaner in there
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:53 AM   #14
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Could be a dirty jack. If the contacts are all marred up with crap then that'll mean the pickups get starved of power and then amp will be starved of signal. Take a quick look at the contacts on the jack socket and give them a clean if needed, they should be bright and shiny.
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Did you check it with a different cable?
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Okay so this may sound really dumb, but have you tried other cables?
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Okay so this may sound really dumb, but have you tried other cables?


Yeah, several
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Could be the wiring going in the battery harness. That's not an uncommon problem.

Clean the switch and the output jack with contact cleaner.
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