#1
Is there a way to test a pickup to see if it works without wiring it up to a new guitar and playing it? My friend's old guitar has something wrong with it that makes it buzz and have really low output, but if the pickups still worked, I'd see if he'd let me put one in my guitar.
#2
Well you could start by opening the guitar to seem if everything is still in place and all solders are still in good condition.
#3
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Well you could start by opening the guitar to seem if everything is still in place and all solders are still in good condition.

I tried that, and everything seemed to be in working order. But I thought it would be weird that both pickups would die at the same time.
#4
Sounds like a cold solder joint somewhere in the circuit to me.
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#5
Contacts could be dirty... try some contact clear at any mechanical point as well as at the soldering.

Also check the soldering and contact at the jack.

An alternative is that the volume pot is dead... but it'd usually pop and crackle before it dies.

When was the last time your friend used the guitar?
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Contacts could be dirty... try some contact clear at any mechanical point as well as at the soldering.

Also check the soldering and contact at the jack.

An alternative is that the volume pot is dead... but it'd usually pop and crackle before it dies.

When was the last time your friend used the guitar?

A couple days ago. It hasn't been working right for a few months though.
#7
Hmmm... did you notice any tonal variation before the pickups cut out?

Like hum or a sudden twangy sound?

What about when he moves the guitar when playing... does it cut in and out?
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Hmmm... did you notice any tonal variation before the pickups cut out?

Like hum or a sudden twangy sound?

What about when he moves the guitar when playing... does it cut in and out?

Not really, but I wasn't able to hear it too recently before it cut.

And it just stays the same all the time.
#9
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Not really, but I wasn't able to hear it too recently before it cut.

And it just stays the same all the time.


If that is the case, then hopefully none of the copper windings have corroded or snapped.

At the worst, just resolder everything.

Altho a wire could have snapped or have been corroded. Open 'er up and check the wiring individually... put the pups over the strings of another guitar and twist and move the wires and see if it sounds at some point. That could isolate an old or corroded wire.
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