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Old 02-02-2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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Help With Epi LP Standard?

Ok, so I recently got my first electric (Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro Top). Seems like a great guitar, except for one thing. My bridge/treble pickup is super quiet compared to the rhythm/neck one. I read online that this could be due to pickup height, but a quick adjustment did nothing. Any ideas?
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:33 AM   #2
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From my little experience with tinkering with guitars, and lots of reading time on EG, I'd say your pickup height is the problem. Try raising your bridge pickup and lowering your neck pickup.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:46 AM   #3
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just retested it to make absolutely sure. With the neck pickup at the very lowest and the bridge at the very highest, the bridge is no different. Doesn't even begin to compare to the neck. The sound IS being amplified, it's just way quieter and doesn't have anywhere near the richness of the neck. To put it simply, the bridge sounds just like the guitar unplugged, but louder, whereas the neck gets all those nice electric-guitar-tones.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:50 AM   #4
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another interesting note: the effects on my amp and tone adjustment are both much less noticeable through the treble pickup. Is this normal?
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:15 AM   #5
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In that case the wiring may be loose. I would wait to see what the regular's have to say about it before going much further.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:36 AM   #6
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To put it simply, the bridge sounds just like the guitar unplugged, but louder, whereas the neck gets all those nice electric-guitar-tones.


Yup, I'd say something for the treble pickup is not connected well.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:17 AM   #7
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It may not be connected well; alternatively, the 'Pro' models have coil split switches, are you sure that you simply don't have the bridge pickup stuck split?
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:28 AM   #8
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Pickup selector might be the problem. I had this kind of problem with my Epiphone Les Paul.

But yeah, maybe take it to the store where you bought it. They should fix it.

I would doubt coil split being the problem because the difference wouldn't be so big. It would still sound good with coil split.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:18 AM   #9
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Hey, thanks for the advice. First off, I got it used so I can't take it to the original seller. I could take it to a shop if I have to, but all the ones around me are pretty expensive and I don't have much cash. I don't know what a coil split is. Any advice on opening the pickups up to check for obvious damage? Is this safe/simple? Thanks again.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:46 AM   #10
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I wouldn't open the pickups. If you're going to start somewhere, check the soldering where the pots and pickup selector are. Schematics are widely available on Google and are easy enough to read. Again, I wouldn't start taking pickups apart unless you've done it before.
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I reckon there may be some smart people here that may know what measurements to take and where to take them using a multimeter to tell if the pick up is shagged. I wouldnt be too keen to be pulling a pick up apart on the chance that it may be faulty when theres probably 50 other things to cheack first. The first thing I ever learned when I was working on cars and trying to find out what was wrong was that its usually the smallest dumbest thing like a loose wire or connector or something similar. Having said that, take the back covers off, have a look at the soldered joints and loose wires. Does your particular guitar have active pick ups? If there are batteries in the cavity, try swapping them for known good ones...
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If it was used, it sounds more like it is the pickup selector. Epiphone guitars have crappy pickup selectors, you might want to look how yours is like. The pickup selector might have contact problems. There are those metal pieces that should touch the selector. You need to bend the two pieces closer to each other. You see it in the picture. This worked for me when I had similar problem.

I'm not sure if this is your problem. You might also want to clean the pickup selector.
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If it was used, it sounds more like it is the pickup selector. Epiphone guitars have crappy pickup selectors, you might want to look how yours is like. The pickup selector might have contact problems. There are those metal pieces that should touch the selector. You need to bend the two pieces closer to each other. You see it in the picture. This worked for me when I had similar problem.

I'm not sure if this is your problem. You might also want to clean the pickup selector.


Ok, so I removed the pickup selector. I tried to bend those pieces, but they already seemed to have good contact. However, when I put the pickup selector back in, I got a bunch of interference on the rhythm pickup all of a sudden. I've had this problem since I got the guitar on and off, but it usually goes away if I unplug everything and plug it back in. I could also get rid of the static by touching the strings/pickup selector. Now touching the strings does nothing, but touching the pickup selector makes it louder. Help?

Here's some pics of it: http://imgur.com/a/Ciigl
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:27 PM   #14
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bad ground/wiring
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So what's the solution?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:11 AM   #16
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A soldering iron. Try clearing out the solder in the cavity and wiring it all cleanly back into place. Like I said, schematics will be widely available online, so it's just a matter of setting aside an hour to dig in.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:09 PM   #17
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thanks, I'll look into it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #18
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Already been said but wiring could be the problem. I only play epi les Paul's and have had a range of wiring issues on both. The newest being a loose bridge pickup tone pot.
But I've had all sorts of wiring issues over the years
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