#1
I just got my Classic Vibe 60s today and I am having issues with it. When I play the Neck/Middle, Middle, and Middle/Bridge pickups, I get a very dim and quiet sound. The Bridge and Neck pickups are much louder. There is also some serious buzz on the G string near the bridge. I was disappointed when I came across this because I heard so many good things about this guitar. Is this just a dud because I want to exchange it for another if this is just a bad I got?
Last edited by JimiZeppelin4 at May 30, 2013,
#2
It probably needs some set up. Try raising the middle pick up. For the G string, raise that saddle a bit. Your saddles should more or less follow the radius of the fretboard.

If you just bought it, I'd suggest giving it back to the store to set up. That's usually free with a purchase. As frustrating as it may be to give up your new guitar for a few days, it's either that, suffer with it, or learn how to do all that yourself. There are plenty of references online.
#3
neck/middle and middle/bridge should be a bit quieter, that's normal (but "very dim and quiet" isn't).

the middle shouldn't be much quieter. are all the pickups at the same height?
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#4
Sounds like there might be a wiring problem on that mid pickup. I wouldn't mess around with it too much, no sense voiding the warranty trying to fix something. If it's new, take it back to the shop.
#5
^ oh yeah, it goes without saying that if you have something new that you absolutely don't void the warranty. Take or send it back. However, if it's too much both to take/send it back, and you think it might be an easy fix, you could email the shop you bought it from to check that attempting that easy fix won't void your warranty.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#6
Quote by Dave_Mc
neck/middle and middle/bridge should be a bit quieter, that's normal (but "very dim and quiet" isn't).

the middle shouldn't be much quieter. are all the pickups at the same height?


I didn't mess with the pickup height. They don't appear to be the same height.
#7
Unless the middle pickup is drastically lower, it wouldn't cause this problem.

Can you tell us some more about where you got this? Local shop or online? New or used?
#8
Quote by Roc8995
Unless the middle pickup is drastically lower, it wouldn't cause this problem.

Can you tell us some more about where you got this? Local shop or online? New or used?


Sorry, I should have included that in the original post. I got it online from Guitar Center brand new.
#9
Do you live near a GC? If you take it in to a store they'll take a look for you and get you a return if you need it. The string buzz thing is probably just a setup issue, more or less to be expected with a new guitar, but the pickup issue might be worth refunding or exchanging.
#10
Quote by Roc8995
Unless the middle pickup is drastically lower, it wouldn't cause this problem.


yeah. i figured it was just worth mentioning, just in case.

but yeah if it's new and within warranty take it back and see what they say.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#11
Thanks for the feedback guys. I just got in touch with my local GC and they said they were going to take a look at it.