Awful directional buzz and hum with PRS Vela.

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saddlemaster
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Awful directional buzz and hum with PRS Vela.

Post by saddlemaster » April 12th, 2017, 7:41 pm

I've been battling the noise on my neck pickup for months now, and I'm pretty much at my wits end. I have a terrible directional hum because of (I'm assuming) awful wiring in the unit I live in. I've taken pictures of the inside of the Vela, and hopefully you guys can help me figure out how to fix this situation.

I took the guitar to a local shop to get shielded, I called them after 4 days and they told me there "wasn't a problem in the shop" so they didn't shield it. I told them to go ahead and do it anyway, and this is what the inside looks like. I don't know if this is a good job, a rush job, or whatever due to my ignorance. Hopefully this various hodgepodge of innard pictures make sense to you guys.

Thanks!
Link to album of pictures.

http://imgur.com/a/ytpka

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Re: Awful directional buzz and hum with PRS Vela.

Post by racetruck1 » April 13th, 2017, 8:07 am

Looks like a broken ground wire at the bridge/pickup pocket. Reconnect to the back of one of the pots and that should do it.
Actually, connect to the bridge or ground of the pickup.
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Re: Awful directional buzz and hum with PRS Vela.

Post by saddlemaster » April 13th, 2017, 10:50 am

Do you think it's okay that all those wires are touching like that? Would that not cause noise to travel through them? I mean, I guess they are shielded so maybe it doesn't have an impact. So you're saying to take that loose wire sticking out of the bridge socket and solder it to a ground point on the pickup itself? https://www.prsguitars.com/csc/schematics/starla.pdf

Here's a diagram, not sure exactly where I should put that wire.

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