#1
A friend of mine gave me a guitar, Squier Stagemaster, (prepare yourself) that his uncle's friend gave to his uncle who gave it to his son who gave it to his cousin (my friend). So, presumably being the fifth owner, I was inclined to remove the pick-guard and check out the electronics inside. I was considering putting EMGs in it and using it as a brutal guitar to contrast my Thinline, but one thing about the electronics puzzles me.

There's a black wire coming from the volume pot, going back through the guitar body, and soldered to a spring for the tremolo (Floyd Rose). I am baffled. Why is the volume pot connected to the spring? Anybody?
#2
Bridge ground wire, stops buzzing.


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#3
It's a grounding wire.
Without it you get immense feedback.
Has to do with electrical stuffs,
that I don't really feel like explaining further.
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#5
Nothing that hasn't already been said in this thread would be the right answer.
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#8
Yup. You will just have to ground that trem somehow. Doesn't matter how as long as it's grounded.
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#9
Yeah what they said its a ground wire for the pickups and electronics, I think its just easiest for them to ground that way.
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#10
NO! With EMGs you dont have a bridge ground wire.


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#11
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NO! With EMGs you dont have a bridge ground wire.


+1 again.

"4) When installing EMG Active Pickups, DO NOT connect
the bridge ground wire. This wire is usually soldered
to a volume or tone control casing and goes to the
bridge. This wire grounds the strings and uses them
and your body as a shield against hum and buzz. It
also creates a shock hazard. EMG Pickups are
shielded internally and DO NOT require string
grounding. This greatly reduces the possibility of
reverse polarity shock from microphones and other
equipment"
#12
Just dont connect the wire from the claw to the new pot that comes with EMGs. May need the wire someday again. Passives need the ground, actives you dont.
#14
Quote by Tackleberry
Just dont connect the wire from the claw to the new pot that comes with EMGs. May need the wire someday again. Passives need the ground, actives you dont.


With EMG actives you do not need a bridge ground but with Seymour Duncan actives you DO NEED the bridge ground. I wondered the same thing when I installed my livewires and an email straight from SD confirmed that they do need the bridge ground.
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#15
Hey post some pictures of your guitar! I love those stagemasters, I have one myself (:
#16
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Hey post some pictures of your guitar! I love those stagemasters, I have one myself (:

It's gutted right now; I'll post with new pups after christmas.