#1
Thanks for reading people,

I have a Samick les Paul model.
And I have recently ordered new pickups
Seymour duncan pro alnico 2

But because all the guitarshop owners here are dickheads they wouldn't install them for me unless I bought the pickups from them for about 170% of the price.
(120 bucks per pickup)

Anyway, not letting that stop me, I got my soldering iron and started following the instructions from the paper, did my research first checking a few websites.

So everything went okay. it looks very good and everything was a-okay.

Untill I put the strings back on and found out that it doesn't work!!!!!
Now my les paul make no sound at al on neither pickup.

I'll explain how I soldered them,

I stripped the big black wire and found a black, white, red green and iron wire.

According to the manual I put the red and white wires together and left em alone.

I put the green and iron wire on the ground portion of the volume pots (the part where a little piece of iron sticks out)

And I soldered the black wire on top of the volume pot.
Exactly where my previous pickups were connected.

Now I am almost 200 bucks lighter and my favorite guitar looks beautifull with those new pickups. but no sound, and no repair people will help me out.

I'm devastated, please help!
I will owe you forever!!!!!
#2
Hate to point out the obvious, but it seems either you wired it wrong or you suck at soldering.
#3
the iron wire is the earth of the pickup body,must be solder in the back of the pot.
#4
Can someone please tell me exactly which wire goes where then?

Because I'm kindoff new at this.

Thanks
#5
You soldered the black wire to the casing? And did you bend and solder the ground tab to the casing of the volume pots?

http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/schematics/2h_2v_2t_3w.html
Tell us if anything in this diagram is any different from what you did.
Will says:
DON'T FEAR THE REAPER!
- SmarterChild - says:
I don't know if I can help it.

Member #6 of the "I play my guitar as high as Tom Morello does" club
#6
Okay, thanks for wanting to help me out.

My wires were soldered the other way around like it said on the instructions that came with the pickups.

I now just switched them and it still doesn't work.The red and white wire are soldered together and not touching anything.

The black wire is now soldered to the little iron things that stick out from the pots.
The green and iron wire are now soldered on the top of the pots.

And still no sound!

And correct me if I'm wrong but when absolutely no sound comes out, that can't be te red or white wire, because they do nothing? correct?

It can't be the ground wire, because that isn't needed to make contact, if' that is bad, it just makes a lot of noise.

So it has got to be something else.

I'm so desperate right now...
#9
Ok,
So the red and white wires are fine.

The green wire and the iron wire should be put together on top of the pot

And the black wire should be on the metal part that sticks out of the pot?

Correct?
#10
Quote by Jules
Ok,
So the red and white wires are fine.

The green wire and the iron wire should be put together on top of the pot

And the black wire should be on the metal part that sticks out of the pot?

Correct?



yep, that is if they green wire is definately the ground wire.
#11
Yes, you've got it right. You may have things connected to the wrong terminals.
Will says:
DON'T FEAR THE REAPER!
- SmarterChild - says:
I don't know if I can help it.

Member #6 of the "I play my guitar as high as Tom Morello does" club
#12
Follow the hot wire all the way to the out put. Check for dead solder joints (it'll look grey instead of silver) then post pix.
#13
I just disconnected every wire I put on there,
I plugged in my guitar while the back was open and used the hot wire (black)
To see if it made a sound.

We'll sometimes when I touch the pots with it, it makes a sound.
But it doesn't even remotely like a guitar.

I'm almost affraid to solder anything back now, since practically nothing works anymore.
Local time is 01.14 AM and I'm giving up for today.

Maybe this weekend I'll go out of town to see if there are any guitarsstore owners or somethng who are willing to do this for me, because I would hate to lose these brand new pickups.

If I can find a camera I'll post pics tomorrow!
#14
Okay, Take all the pots and the jack out. Un wire everything but dont remove the p'ups and dont take any of the hardware off. Just take out the wires and start from scratch with the wiring.