#1
So I recently bought a used Dean razorback union jack, the guitar was working fine for the first week, today when I plugged in my guitar I noticed that the bridge pickup was sounding really weak, as if the volume of it was set to 2 or 3. Is there anything I can do with it before taking it to a guitarshop to check it out?

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#2
nemo178Try wiping off the magnets, occasionally they'll get covered with a grime, and that can definitely decrease your sound. If they're clean, try using an airduster to blow-clean he coils, there may be dust and dirt in there. And it's only the bridge pickup, not the neck pickup?
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#3
It's most likely just some dirt or dust in the pickup selector switch - spray some contact cleaner in there and wiggle it back and forth for a few seconds and that should probably dislodge anything that's affecting the contacts inside the switch.
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#4
Blompcube I'm not really sure if its dirt, I forgot to mention that that the middle switch only plays the neck pickup now, and the sound of the bridge pickup is completely gone now. I gotta feeling that it might just need re-soldering but ill definitely try out your suggestions! thanks
#5
"Used" is sometimes an issue here. If the guy before you used steel wool to buff up the frets, there's every chance that bits of it fell into the coils (were "pulled" in by the magnets). If it corrodes in there, it can actually pierce the coil wire's insulation and start a corrosion process that will lead to small shorts that will eventually ruin the pickup.
#6
2 volume 1 tone control maybe?
closest to strings controls neck pickup volume
middle is bridge pickup volume
farthest is tone.
Last edited by n3cr0p57 at Jul 20, 2016,
#7
Quote by nemo178
Blompcube I'm not really sure if its dirt, I forgot to mention that that the middle switch only plays the neck pickup now, and the sound of the bridge pickup is completely gone now. I gotta feeling that it might just need re-soldering but ill definitely try out your suggestions! thanks


I would clean the switch first, I have had that same problem a few times. deoxit is your friend.
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Quote by dspellman
"Used" is sometimes an issue here. If the guy before you used steel wool to buff up the frets, there's every chance that bits of it fell into the coils (were "pulled" in by the magnets). If it corrodes in there, it can actually pierce the coil wire's insulation and start a corrosion process that will lead to small shorts that will eventually ruin the pickup.
That would suck :/, I got a pretty good deal for this guitar considering that im in U.A.E and you never get good deals. The setup itself took many hours due to a worn out screw at the claw of the tremolo, so I hope this isnt a big problem
#9
Quote by Blompcube
It's most likely just some dirt or dust in the pickup selector switch - spray some contact cleaner in there and wiggle it back and forth for a few seconds and that should probably dislodge anything that's affecting the contacts inside the switch.


That's what I was gunna say!

Likely to be the switch OP.
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#10
UPDATE:- took it to the shop, they checked the wiring it looked fine, used the contact cleaner but now it went kinda dead again. The main problem is it works most of the time and then goes weak, when i took it to the shop it was working. Any solution guys?
#11
I'd replace the switch.
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