#1
Hi y'all,

I recently installed a set of EMGs (81/85) into my ESP LTD EC-1000, replacing the Seymour Duncans that were in it. After much hassle, i finally got it wired up and am getting killer tone out of it, yet when i turn the volume knobs all the way down, there is still a slight amount of sound coming out. It sounds as if the volume knob was at 5% or so, and never goes all the way down to zero. Do y'all have any advice to help remedy this, or things i can look for that might be causing the problem? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks a lot for reading
#2
is there a buzz to it aswell?
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#4
Did you use the replacement pots that came with the EMG's?

You need to use them, as EMG's require a different value to regular passives...
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#5
Yes, I'm using the pots and the input jack that were supplied with the EMGs. I followed the wiring diagram for 2 volume, 1 tone. Everything appears to be wired correctly, but apparently I missed something.
#6
any loose conections? did you possibly overheat the pots when wiring? any dry solder joints?
get a multimetre and test all the connections if that fails take it to a techy
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I believe the connections are good, although my soldering skills aren't the cleanest. I don't think i overheated the pots, although it is possible. I'll bust out my multimetre and possibly re-solder some of the connections, and hopefully that will resolve the issue. Thanks for all the advice I'll let you know if I have any luck. Peace
#8
I've had weird bleeding with some pickups in the past. Even when the selector has been in a position to use one pickup, I've had a bit of the other pickup output coming through (I don't get how though).

Anyway, turn BOTH volumes down to zero, then see if you still get some sound.
#9
he said knobs so i pressume he has this is rather puzzlling
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#10
why does it actually matter, why do you want to turn it all the way down to play, you might aswell unplug
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#11
occasionally mine does this as well, i can only assume theres a slightly dodgey connection somewhere, though i'd like to find out if there's another reason for it.

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#12
ah makes sens i guess
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#13
I've had nothing but hassle with EMGs and that's the passive ones. sometimes they work some times they don't and the pots don't work at all.
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#14
funguy. Get better wiring skills then. I have never ever had a problem wiring EMG's for a few mates. Actually I find it very easy.
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funguy. Get better wiring skills then. I have never ever had a problem wiring EMG's for a few mates. Actually I find it very easy.

I've got good wiring skills. I can wire a Kent armstrong motherbucker from scratch quicker than the EMGs, and that has 8 wires. but with the EMGs i dunno if it's the pickup playing up or the pots or the wires. and apart from the pcikups (my mate still wanted to keep then) I've replaced everything else a few times now.
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#16
Its the grounding.

If you touch the metal part of the toggle and the metal part of the jackplate, and that kills the noise, then you know it's the grounding.

Check and make sure you followed the grounding instructions in the wiring diagrams.
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#17
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why does it actually matter, why do you want to turn it all the way down to play, you might aswell unplug

Because you may want to use the pickup volumes and the guitars switches as a killswitch sort of set-up.

Also volume swells don't sound as good when you start off with volume in the first place.
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Its the grounding.

If you touch the metal part of the toggle and the metal part of the jackplate, and that kills the noise, then you know it's the grounding.

Check and make sure you followed the grounding instructions in the wiring diagrams.


Yes, I have that symptom exactly. I'll double check the wiring on the ground. On a side note, i played a gig last night and the pickups sounded great, although still performing sub-optimally thanks to my poor wiring skills heh. Thanks for all the advice y'all. I'll probably work on it later today. Peace
#19
check the grounding to the bridge
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#20
Hey yall, thanks for all the help. I finally got it fixed after taking a break from it for a while. Turns out it was an issue with the ground wire from the toggle switch. I basically just had it wired wrong. So it's back in action and sounds awesome with some killer sustain!
#21
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check the grounding to the bridge
EMGs don't require a bridge ground

Incidentally, my M-II does this as well, though I have nothing (No potential grounding problems) to remedy it. I don't really mind, gives me a whispery quiet clean tone when used with lots of gain.
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#22
did you connect the ground from the bridge? if you did you're not supposed to. The directions EMG provides clearly state that. Im just throwing out ideas here that have not been posted. Other than that i've got no idea.


EDIT: That's what i get for not reading, it's in the post right above mine
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did you connect the ground from the bridge? if you did you're not supposed to. The directions EMG provides clearly state that. Im just throwing out ideas here that have not been posted. Other than that i've got no idea.


EDIT: That's what i get for not reading, it's in the post right above mine



Heh, it's cool. One post above that one (on pg.1) i replied that i've got it working properly now
#24
Toggle ground eh, I'll have to take a look at that...
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