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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / For the DIY guys [pickup problem]



PEI (East Coast)
Sep 2nd, 2018 06:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was rummaging around the parts box the other day and found a brand-new set of Fender Jazz Split-Coils that I completely forgot about. I decided to throw them into a "parts" bass I had to see how they sounded. Once done, I plugged it in to find that the neck pickup was dead. :(

After thoroughly checking my wiring and soldering, I then checked the impedance: open! Crap! I carefully took the pickup apart and found that the winding on one side had broken. Using all my patience, I managed to tease the end out and re-soldered it to the terminal. Upon checking the resistance, I got about the same reading as the other half: about 5K or so. :)

However... once I re-installed it, still no sound. I even swapped the wires to the pots to make sure that everything else was proper; I do get sound from the bridge pickup on the neck volume pot. I'm stumped!! (I even though of buying another one, but they appear to be a discontinued item.)

Anyone have any thoughts, hints, suggestions, ideas?? Thanks!!!!



Who is E. Sandoval?
Sep 2nd, 2018 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

If it's worth fixing, send it to Lindy Fralin.

Pickup Guy

(This message was last edited by Lewis at 11:48 AM, Sep 2nd, 2018)

Danny Nader


You should have been there!
Sep 4th, 2018 11:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

"If it's worth fixing, send it to . . . " Seymour Duncan also offers that option.




PEI (East Coast)
Sep 26th, 2018 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I thought it was worth fixing, so I did it myself. I was puzzled that the non-working half of the pickup reported an impedance that appeared to be within spec. Taking my time, I cut and teased the coil winding from the terminals, and gently (!!) cleaned them with fine sandpaper. Then I soldered short pieces of solid strand wire to the terminals (to extend the connection) and carefully (!!!!!) soldered the coil windings to them. The impedance was the same, so I figured I hadn't made it any worse. Installing it back on the bass was the true test... Success!!!

I was nerve-wracking work to say the least, but ultimately quite rewarding. I intend play that one out at the blues jam this Saturday.

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A Friend of Bill W.
Sep 26th, 2018 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool, it's always a good feeling to fix stuff.

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Sep 26th, 2018 07:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have yet to successfully fix a pickup.

Great job!

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Sep 29th, 2018 12:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice job Sparky

Te 52

Laws of Physics

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Sep 29th, 2018 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Soldering those fine pickup wires is easy if you're used to doing brain surgery on a flea.

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