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Epi LP pickup / switch woes


(@tonedepear)
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Afternoon all. Firstly, let me apologise for taking up all your time with what is probably a silly question. I am a super-noob here, and I feel a bit guilty for just turning up and asking for help without being a part of the community first. Give and take and all that. I HAVE had a search around and can't find anything that really helps someone with as little idea as me! Anyway, I'm boring you already, so I'll get on.

I have an Epiphone LP Special (that's the cheap, cacky one). It has 2 pickups, one volume control knob, one tone control knob, and a three way switch which I take to be treble, both, bass. (Or Pickup1, both, pickup2).

Since starting playing properly again it seems that I only have the bass pickup. When I have the switch to bass (or rhythm, or whatever it says), I get a nice full sound, in the middle, I get the same, and when it's set to treble I get nothing. So there's obviously an issue there. Now, the switches on these things are fairly notorious for being rubbish. As are the contol knob thingies. So I'm expecting it to be an issue with them.

Now here's my noob-ness showing - where do I start. I've not had a look in the back yet cos I'm at work all day, so it may be obvious when I do that there's a wire hanging loose or something, but how can I eliminate things and work out where the actual problem lies?

Any top tips or links or anything would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Tone

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(@greybeard)
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Start by taking the cover off switch compartment and check for loose wires or dirt on the switch.
As you so rightly say, the switch seems to be notorious for causing problems, even in relatively new instruments. If you're handy with a solderig iron, it's probably worth the few dollars to put a Switchcraft switch in, rather than spend time nursing the original.

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(@tonedepear)
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Thank you kindly. :D

I'll have a poke around tonight and see what I can see.

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(@greybeard)
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You're welcome.
And welcome to the madhouse.

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 lars
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Are you sure you have the volume turned up on the "treble" pickup - that would be the knob bottom front.

Just checking ;)
and welcome!

Lars

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(@metaellihead)
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Well, he's only got one master volume...

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(@forrok_star)
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Hi and Welcome to guitarnoise.

That is one of those common problems that can really distract one while playing. As others have suggested take a look for broken wires and if there's a little round cover on the back behind the three way switch remove it and see if the contacts are bent. If they are you could adjust them enough to get you by till you can pick up a new three way switch.

Joe


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 lars
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Well, he's only got one master volume...

:?

You see my LP has two ... but then again I obviously did not read the post. Sorry, it will happen again.

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(@greybeard)
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Sorry, it will happen again.
I'm sure it will

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(@afterblast)
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if your doing some repair soldiering, you may consider wiring your pickups out of phase with each other. it should only affect the sound of the two pickups together, all you have to do is find the two wires that are coming off of one of your pickups that are soldiered to the switch and the ground. (most new humbuckers have 4 wires, two of these will be attached to each other, those are not the wires I am refering to) then when you have found the right wires just switch them. this will cause your pickups to be out of phase and sound rather nifty. also it's easy to do and easy to change back if you don't like the sound. also it's free.

and as to your switch, if you spray either wd40 or some kind of contact cleaner in it it will work loose any gunk in it and make it switch a lot better.

although it sounds like you have a loose wire. :P

hope this helps

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