#1
I've had my Epiphone Les Paul for about 3/4 years now. I love it. But i think it's falling to pieces.

It has two humbucker pick ups. With a switch for treble and rhythm which switches between the two pickups. When I switch to rhythm my guitar more or less turns off and i get hardly any sound out of it. This is with all the volume knobs turned up to full.

Just today i have noticed that while playing on the Treble pickup my guitar level is going louder and quiet for no reason. So there are points where my guitar suddenly gets a lot quieter, i then turn up my pedals and amp to get to a decent level, then boooom the pickup goes crazy and it's so loud the floors shaking. It sounds like someone is turning my volume knob up and down constantly while im playing.

I hope this is a decent enough explanation. I know guitars and how they work, but how they are put together is a mystery to me. I was wondering if anyone had a) experienced something similar to this? b) knows what is causing it? and c) can i fix it myself?

Thanks a lot if anymore clarification is needed im happy to help with answers as much as i can.

Ian
#2
this kinda happened with me, i think it was down to the wrong kind of power source for my pedals, take out all your pedals and play through the amp, is it still 'broken'?
#3
the first thing that you can do is to re-wire the guitar...
I think that should work.
check movies ''how to replace Les Paul pickups'' on seymour duncan...
and do the same just use your old pickups back.
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#4
i had something similar happen to me, but it turned out that a tube or two was bad in my amp and thats what was doing it. if you have a tube amp id check that out too
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#5
Tried playing just through the amp. Still no sound through the rhythm pickup and a fade up and down in volume on the treble.
#6
Quote by Sinico1234
Tried playing just through the amp. Still no sound through the rhythm pickup and a fade up and down in volume on the treble.


How many amps do you have, you have a buddy or a practice amp you can plug it into and see if it does the same. If you have a tube amp, sometimes the tubes can do that. See if you have another amp lying around
#7
You probably blew your volume pot. You should change that out.
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#8
I only have one amp. It sucks I got it years ago in a bundle set with a guitar. It's a Marshall G15RCD.

I dont have another amp but whenever i got down to my local practice rooms i have the same issue through their amps as well.

I seemed to fix the fade out problem on the treble pickup just by flicking the switch harder? =S
#9
It's a Epi, they're known for their bad switches, try to switch the switch out for a new switch.
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#10
Right i think it could be the switch. I'm not brave enough to do any of this myself any idea how much it would cost to pay a specialist to fix it?
#11
Does it sound "click" when you switch pickups?
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#12
Yep a click sound. Also i get a lot of feedback on the rhythm pickup when it is selected.
#15
i would get it rewired.......
yeah its probably faulty....
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Quote by Sinico1234
Yep a click sound. Also i get a lot of feedback on the rhythm pickup when it is selected.


I think that is the indication that it's worn out.
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#20
Oh no not now. Its just gone 7 in the evening.

Need to find a place to get it fixed and get the cash.