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Old 09-17-2013, 10:34 PM   #1
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Broken Emg Pickups?

Yesterday when i was playing my ESP LTD-MH1000 Deluxe, i took a small break and when i came back to play it, the sound had almost completely diminished. I had to crank up the volume all the way up on my headphones just to hear a bit of sound when on a clean setting (I am using Guitar Rig 5 with a Behringer UCG102 guitar cable). I figured that the battery just died since I had been playing 12 hours a day nonstop for 2 months. However, when i changed the batteries, it was still quiet sounding (both pickups). I took out the EMGs and the connector under the pickup wasn't loose. So what suggestions do you guys have that could be causing this?

BTW- Both pickups are like this
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:39 PM   #2
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I bet its your guitar cable? Try wiggling it near the plug. If it scratches, get a new better cable.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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Guitar cables can expire?
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:04 AM   #4
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Yes, it's a cable- The amount of tiny wires that can break is astounding. If it's got metal housings around the connectors and you're decent with soldering, try opening it up and re-soldering the wires- If not, buy a new cable/use a different one that you own. If you're getting new cables, buy some nice thick ones with metal connectors so they're more durable and reparable in the future.

If you decide to buy a cheap cable you don't know what it's like to have a cable fail during a gig... it's bad.

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Old 09-18-2013, 05:06 AM   #5
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I had a similar problem on my les paul, was a simple fix really... just open it up to where the wires in your guitar connect and make the wires touch different parts that it should connect to, find the right one where it should be connected and simple solder it back on. Problem fixed!
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:08 AM   #6
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Before you do anything...try another battery first.
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:53 AM   #7
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Before you do anything...try another battery first.



Signs hint at broken cable, I've had the same symptoms twice. Easily tested with other guitar. Though it could be wiring inside the guitar too.


It may not be even broken cable, just shorted. Any cable manufacturer worth their job should always skin the cable near the point where its soldered, (or atleast one of them or protect one otherwise) that way they will never make contact with each other no matter how much they move.
And yet you find that in a lot of cables, if you open the plug, two 1.5 inches long completely bare copper wires without any protection, anything to keep them separate from each other. Only the way the plug is attached keeps them in place but it just takes a good twist and they touch each other where the cable shielding starts.

Why would they do that? Heaven forbid if my speaker cable is skinned and soldered in same way and it happens to short...
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:50 PM   #8
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Bought a new cable, plugged it into the interface and the same thing happened. I also tried it on an amp, same result. Also, in case anyone hasn't read, I already tried a different battery, the pack came with 2, both didn't work.

So far i'm sure that the problem isn't the pickups, the cable, the battery, and the interface/amp.

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I had a similar problem on my les paul, was a simple fix really... just open it up to where the wires in your guitar connect and make the wires touch different parts that it should connect to, find the right one where it should be connected and simple solder it back on. Problem fixed!


After digging in my guitar for a loose wire, I found that a wire that connects to the part where the cable connects to got loose! I'll solder it back on today. Thanks for the help. Btw, what is that part called anyway? The part that the guitar cable plugs into.
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:59 PM   #9
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It's called an input jack.
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