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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Neck pickup ground wire on telecaster

Therealfrogman
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Aug 13th, 2017 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a picture here of what the previous owner did as a ground wire for the neck pup on a 93 standard tele. There are all kinds of grounding noises whenever I touch a string or the pickguard.. I thought this sort of ground wire was supposed to go directly to the pup cover.

Do I even need this wire? If so where do I solder it to? This thing is a mess at the pots too, there was a lace installed at the bridge and it is literally soldered to only a few strands on the back of the pot :)

I know what to do there, it is just the pup side ground that I need help with. There is a TBX tone knob and no other mods.

My friend told me to just hang on to the tele and play it as long as I want or if I want to own it I can give him $500

Its a 93 in the pastel yellow color, one paint chip and the rest is very clean.

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Therealfrogman
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Okay, I took the sticker off....
Aug 13th, 2017 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is a pic of the pots.

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Te 52

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Aug 13th, 2017 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

On a standard Telecaster neck pickup, there is a jumper between the black ground wire and one of the tabs where the pickup cover pokes through the flatwork. That jumper serves to ground the cover. We can't see if that jumper is present on your pickup or not.

It's only necessary to add a third wire to the pickup if you're going to do series/parallel switching of the neck and bridge pickups. In that case, you cut the aforementioned jumper and solder a third wire to one of the cover tabs (the two solder blobs to the sides of where the wires are.)

The wire you have is useless. If you're going to do series/parallel switching, wire it as described above, if you're not, just eliminate it.

If you get added noise when you touch the strings or other metal parts, also check that the wiring to your output jack is not reversed. The jack tip gets the hot wire, the jack sleeve gets the ground.

Therealfrogman
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Pueblo, Co

Okay, I took the sticker off....
Aug 13th, 2017 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you!

FunkyKikuchiyo

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Aug 13th, 2017 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check the bridge grounding as well, especially since the pickup has been replaced.

Bridges always need to be grounded. Often Teles don't have direct wires grounding the bridge, but get grounded by way of the metal baseplate on a Tele pickup, which has continuity to the bridge by way of the mounting screws. It is very common to replace the bridge pickup with something that doesn't have the baseplate and neglect to put an extra wire in there to ground the bridge.

If that is the case, you have an extra ground at the neck position and missing one at the bridge! Yay wiring. ;)

Therealfrogman
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Okay, I took the sticker off....
Aug 13th, 2017 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, that is what I did not check. I am going to get back into it tomorrow. Thank you guys!

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Aug 14th, 2017 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

An ohm meter should indicate continuity from the nut on the output jack to the bridge plate, the strings, the neck pickup cover, and the control plate on a standard telecaster. The individual pots and the switch get their ground from being attached to the plate. Regardless of the strategy used by the factory, I always run a ground wire from the back of one of the pots to the bridge plate and tuck about 1/4" of the bare wire into one of the bridge plate screw holes.

Te 52

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Aug 14th, 2017 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^+1

Good advice as always from wrnch.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 07:10 PM, Aug 14th, 2017)

Therealfrogman
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There is a ground wire coming from the back of the tone pot. I removed the wire from the neck pup and soldered in a small post from the tab to the ground. Works good now! I suspect there was an attempt at some point to install a 4 way switch, who knows... The soldering was really bad.

I think I will want to get a stock bridge pup back in there or get a set of tex mex pups as I really like the sound I get from my road worn.

The red lace does not have the sound I like at the bridge. Thank you everyone who assisted me with this.

FunkyKikuchiyo

VT

Aug 14th, 2017 05:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Woo hoo!

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