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Old 02-02-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Neck pick-up not working on my strat

I have a Fender Stratocaster re-issued 70s classic series. It's a 3 single-coil guitar. This morning I decided to replace the bridge pick-up with my new DiMarzio single-coil-sized humbucker (previously it was the factory pickup from Fender). The installation was successful and the new pick-up has been working perfectly. However, after replacing the bridge pick-up, I found out that the neck pick-up did not work anymore. I did not change anything but removing the original bridge pickup and replacing it with the new one.

This guitar has one volume knob, one tone knob for the neck pickup and one tone knob for the middle pickup. The selector switch on this guitar is 5-way. Bridge, bridge/middle, and middle mode work perfectly. There's no sound coming out from the amp when the guitar is on neck/middle or neck mode. I have checked very thoroughly and gone through all the manuals & wiring diagram but there's nothing wrong with the wiring.

I just bought this guitar about a week ago. Any idea what the problem could be?

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:16 PM   #2
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If you have a multimeter you can check the impedance of the pickup to see if it's dead.
If it's not, you just need to keep checking the wiring. Sometimes that's how it goes, just doublecheck until "OH! I SEE IT" or take it apart and put it together again.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:45 PM   #3
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If you have a multimeter you can check the impedance of the pickup to see if it's dead.
If it's not, you just need to keep checking the wiring. Sometimes that's how it goes, just doublecheck until "OH! I SEE IT" or take it apart and put it together again.


Pretty much this. Make sure the wiring is right and the pickup isn't dead.

Also, you didn't use steel wool on the guitar, did you?
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:31 AM   #4
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Thank you guys, yeah I've checked everything and nothing seems wrong to me. The thing is I didn't do anything to the neck pickup, I only changed the bridge pickup and the new bridge pickup works fine. I've tried replacing a different pickup to the neck position but still there's no sound, so apparently it's not the pick up that's dead.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:32 AM   #5
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Pretty much this. Make sure the wiring is right and the pickup isn't dead.

Also, you didn't use steel wool on the guitar, did you?


No, I didn't use any steel wool.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:50 AM   #6
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Could have shorted out some of the terminals on the switch then. Make sure the switch is clean and again if you have a multimeter test it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:25 PM   #7
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Yep, sounds like a short for sure
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