#1
Ive just wired up some pickups following a schematic, and everything is sweet. Except for one last VERY important thing. I havent done the ground to the bridge because I actually dont know WHERE to ground it EXACTLY to the bridge. I dont want to drill any unnessecary holes into my body and I dont want to stuff it up. Please can someone assist me?
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#2
Are you asking which part of the bridge to ground it to?

That depends on your bridge. What kind do you have?
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#3
Tis a TOM. And yes, thats exactly what I am asking also......how do I do it?
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#4
you can ground to the posts of either the bridge itself or the posts of the tailpiece if you have one.
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#5
To both posts? Or is one sufficient?
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one is fine.
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#7
Ok thanks! One more question, my guitar setup is like the Stratocasters; as in the pickups and wiring is covered by a massive pickguard, that does NOT extend as far as the bridge. I have not routed a hole in the back for the electroncis as many guitars have, so how do you suggest I do it?
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#8
Umm, If you have a pickguard, I'm assuming you already have front routing. Why would you need to rear route?
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#9
In order to access the bridge. I drilled independant holes for the bridge to sit that isnt really near the pickguard. So how do i make the wire reach the bridge?
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#10
just drill a hole from the control cavity to the post hole. It may be a bit difficult to reach in there though.
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#11
Aghh. That was what I was afraid of. And another dumb question, must I solder it there?
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#12
yes. yes you must.
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#13
Aghh! Ok Thankyou very much for putting up with that!
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#14
Its all cool. Everybody's gotta ask questions sometimes bro.
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Ive had a thought. If i put a SEPERATE piece of metal into the cavity where the electronics are installed, and grounded it to that piece of metal, would it still work? Because I dont have the skill to solder inside of a hole...
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#16
I'm fairly certain that the strings have to be grounded, this question came up a while back regarding an acoustic. So no, I'm afraid that wouldn't work.
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#17
****. I thought it was a good idea. Umm......do you know of any other way to do it? Im sorry I just dont posess the skill to drill the hole and solder thorugh the hole.
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#18
I dunno man. You could always try practicing first.
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#19
Hmm. Thanks again mate.
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#20
Yeah, sorry I couldn't help more with that one
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#21
Have you installed the post yet? If not, is it possible to pass the wire through the drilled hole, solder it to the post, and then insert the post? Or is this not an option with your style of TOM?
#22
you don't solder through the hole. You solder the wire on to the bridge post before you actually put it in the guitar. You solder the wire to the loose bridge post, push the wire through the hole and into the cavity then hammer in the bridge post. The wire should now be loose in the cavity, now you can solder it onto the back of the pot.

EDIT: or that ^
#23
i don't think you actually have to solder the wire to the part for a TOM, i think just stripping the end of the wire and pushing to through to the bridge post hole works
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i don't think you actually have to solder the wire to the part for a TOM, i think just stripping the end of the wire and pushing to through to the bridge post hole works
this ^

The wire comes in through the hole at a right angle with about 3/8" of the stripped end protruding into the hole for the bushing. Then you press the bushing into place. The wire gets trapped between the bushing and the wood.
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this ^

The wire comes in through the hole at a right angle with about 3/8" of the stripped end protruding into the hole for the bushing. Then you press the bushing into place. The wire gets trapped between the bushing and the wood.


+1

Just strip the wire, feed it into the hole, then feather it out so the bushing makes contact when you slide it in.

I'd be impressed if you managed to solder anything to a chromed ToM bushing, even after rubbing it down.