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Old 05-30-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Grounding issue on my Ibanez

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Today my Ibanez GRGR121Ex started making that kind of buzzing that only stops when you touch the jack or the pick-up switch, I'm guessing it has something to do with the grounding. The buzzing also stops when I turn the tone knob down to the max. On my Squier Strat the buzzing goes away when I touch the strings, but that's not the case for the Ibanez.
There aren't any guitar stores or luthiers in my town so I'm trying to fix this by myself.

Here's a picture of the wiring. ( Back of the guitar )

Can anyone tell me which wires I should resolder or if there's a way to find out which wire is causing the buzzing?

Any help would be appreciated, thank you!
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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I'd go through the wiring and see if there's a shitty wire somewhere. It sounds like its a volume pot-to jack issue. I had that issue on my bass when I put back together the first time. Just look at all of your inputs.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! I haven't taken a look at the pots-to-jack wiring yet but I found this:



Isn't that supposed to be wired to something?
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:07 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply! I haven't taken a look at the pots-to-jack wiring yet but I found this:



Isn't that supposed to be wired to something?


Probably, look around for a loose wire in the cavity
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:07 AM   #5
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Probably, look around for a loose wire in the cavity

Thank you for the replies!
I asked around in the Ibanez forum and apparently it's pretty normal for a tone pot like that to have one empty tab on either side. I did however pull the bridge off and this is what I found

As you can see the wire is just laying there under the bridge and it probably doesn't touch the bridge all the time and that's what could be causing the problem. I'm not sure how to proceed from here though, I think I'll try to connect the wire to the bridge with some solder lead or something.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:48 PM   #6
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Don't solder it to the bridge. Probably just need to have something underneath it so it's held up against the bridge when it's put back into place.
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Don't solder it to the bridge. Probably just need to have something underneath it so it's held up against the bridge when it's put back into place.

Actually that's exactly what I did! I put some black insulation duct tape underneath it and screwed everything back on. It worked like a charm. Thanks for the reply.
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