#1
Made a thread last week, but have narrowed the problem down more.
My CE22 has a terrible buzz when plugged in. The buzz decreases when I touch the string or any metal component. On the 5 way toggle, both humbucking positions are dead. The single coil positions have a very very thin and brittle response. Kind of sounds like an AM radio. The trem looks to be properly ground, as well as the input jack. PRS uses a very thick single cable to wire the input jack. I have no idea what this problem is, help is appreciated.
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Last edited by wyldeshredder at Sep 22, 2010,
#2
With "dead" do you mean they produce no signal at all, or just no hum/noise?

Either way, I'd check all the solder connections. Have you also tried it through a different guitar cable/amp?
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#3
yes i've tried other guitars, amp is fully functional.
I believe the humbucking positions still had a little hum(not much) but zero response to the strings, didn't produce any sound
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#4
Okay, but have you tried a different cable?
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#5
i've played gigs with all the same gear, just different guitars

I can't imagine it being anything other than a problem with the guitar. And since the switching affects the problem, it 100% rules out the possibility of it being the cable/amp/anything but the guitar itself
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Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Korg Pitchblack
Boss GE-8 Graphic EQ
Dunlop ZW Wah
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Last edited by wyldeshredder at Sep 22, 2010,
#6
Quote by wyldeshredder
i've played gigs with all the same gear, just different guitars

I can't imagine it being anything other than a problem with the guitar. And since the switching affects the problem, it 100% rules out the possibility of it being the cable/amp/anything but the guitar itself
Yeah, that sounds reasonable. Wiring looks pretty good too. Except on the input jack, that looks kinda nasty.

Anyway, I'd bust out my multimeter and check if all the components are working correctly, the soldering isn't bust or if there are any shorts anywhere.
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- VJ & VJ cab
- Jackson JS30
- TS9

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#7
Quote by wyldeshredder
Made a thread last week, but have narrowed the problem down more.
My CE22 has a terrible buzz when plugged in. The buzz decreases when I touch the string or any metal component. On the 5 way toggle, both humbucking positions are dead. The single coil positions have a very very thin and brittle response. Kind of sounds like an AM radio. The trem looks to be properly ground, as well as the input jack. PRS uses a very thick single cable to wire the input jack.

1 - makes me think ground.
2 - makes me think ground or toggle lead for humbuckers
3 - makes me think not output jack issue at the jack.

i know i posted much the same thing in your last thread. no luck on the toggle solder joints?
#8
Quote by gregs1020
1 - makes me think ground.
If it wasn't grounded, wouldn't the noise would get worse if you touched it?
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- VJ & VJ cab
- Jackson JS30
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#9
Quote by Kanthras
If it wasn't grounded, wouldn't the noise would get worse if you touched it?

it's grounded, just not all that well is my suspicion. or the 5 way went berzerk.
#10
well, the 6 tiny wires and two large wires connected to the 5 way seem quite secure

If i understand correctly, there should be a partially connected ground somewhere?
All the videos/articles i've found on grounds state what Kanthras suggested about noise getting worse, although i guess i partially/poorly connected solder joint could be causing this?
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#11
as much as i usually hate people for bumping..
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#12
You need more suggestions of what could be wrong? Dude, go do something! There's only so much we can do for you without having the actual guitar in front of us. Grab a multimeter, diagnose, solder, fix stuff.
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#13
Quote by Kanthras
You need more suggestions of what could be wrong? Dude, go do something! There's only so much we can do for you without having the actual guitar in front of us. Grab a multimeter, diagnose, solder, fix stuff.


My apologies. I probably try to think too far into things without acting sometimes..

Pulled out the multi meter. One side of the input jack has no connectivity to the rest of the wiring. The other side does. The large piece the holds the guitar lead in place has no connectivity either. What doesn't make sense to me is that the SC positions worked. Would one side of the lead be powered by specific coils or something?

In any case, i'll try to resolder that side. No idea how it would go from working to not working though
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Boss GE-8 Graphic EQ
Dunlop ZW Wah
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Mesa/Boogie Rectifier 212

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#14
Quote by wyldeshredder
No idea how it would go from working to not working though

use is how. things break all the time. i've been saying from the start that it's a lead that's on the pup selector switch. or the switch broke internally. this can happen very easily.
have a tech check it out if you can't. tell us what it was.

but that is the only thing that makes sense, think about it.
#15
ya..that seems like a good bet.
i DID get my multi meter out. connections are good everywhere, it seems. i plugged it in yesterday with the cavity open. when i would touch the rubber on the red wire from the switch, leading to the volume pot the noise would get worse.. so it must be somethin with the switch. anywho, i'll quite spamming up the forum with the same old question i've been asking for a week.. thanks for the help
Paul Reed Smith CE22
Fender Spalted Maple HH Tele
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Korg Pitchblack
Boss GE-8 Graphic EQ
Dunlop ZW Wah
BBE Two Timer
Mesa/Boogie Mark IV Combo
Mesa/Boogie Rectifier 212

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