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mr.gibson



Hamilton, Canada

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Nov 22nd, 2015 11:12 PM        

I understand that the Nocaster Tele had its unique wiring, but can't a Nocaster neck pickup be wired as if it were any other Tele neck pickup? I had my new Nocaster pickup in for a day and it's going back in again. While it was in there, the middle selector position was hollow and weird, but I was preoccupied and didn't care much, as I use only the neck pickup exclusivity, with the odd exception, and I may have made a wiring error, such as solder overflow or something. Doesn't the ground lead just go to the volume pot? Eh?



M Tracy

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Nov 23rd, 2015 10:23 AM        

Sounds like a phasing issue. If one of your pickups has three wires keep the shield wire connected to ground and reverse the other two. By shield wire I mean the one connected to the neck pickup cover or the bridge pickup baseplate. If both pickups have only two wires some miner surgery may be necessary. Looks at your wiring and report back and somebody will walk you through it. Pretty easy stuff if you're comfortable with a soldering iron.



mr.gibson



Hamilton, Canada

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Nov 23rd, 2015 11:31 AM        

It's a neck pickup, and the cover is grounded from the tab of the cover, so it's normal two-wire. I'm going to put it in today, I'll report back.



Peegoo

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Nov 23rd, 2015 01:30 PM        

If it IS a phase issue, then simply reverse the phase of one of the pickups; do the surgery on the pickup (neck or bridge) that is easiest.<br /> <br /> Look for the connection to ground on each pickup:<br /> <br /> Neck--that would be a little jumper from one of the leads to the metal shield.<br /> <br /> Bridge--that would be a jumper from one of the leads to the metal base plate.<br /> <br /> Flip the ground on the pickup that's easiest to operate on and then see if that fixes the hollow mid-rangey tone.



mr.gibson



Hamilton, Canada

Music is your only friend....
Nov 23rd, 2015 01:38 PM        

""Neck--that would be a little jumper from one of the leads to the metal shield."" Right.<br /> <br /> "Flip the ground......" Huh? Whaddya mean, Professor Goo? Run it from what to what?



mr.gibson



Hamilton, Canada

Music is your only friend....
Nov 23rd, 2015 10:49 PM        

No, I put the Nocaster neck pickup back in and middle position sounds weird and has about 60% of the volume of either pickup by itself.



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Nov 25th, 2015 02:30 AM        

Flip the jumper to the shield from one lead connection to the other.<br /> <br /> <br /> Another way to do this is simply clip the jumper out and add a 3rd wire, soldered to the cover. This new shield wire gets soldered to the back of the volume pot.<br /> <br /> This operation frees up the two original lead wires and you can swap their connections in the control cavity to determine which way sounds best.



mr.gibson



Hamilton, Canada

Music is your only friend....
Nov 30th, 2015 04:20 PM        

""Flip the jumper to the shield from one lead connection to the other.""<br /> That will have the shield/cover "grounding" to the lead wire, eh?<br /> <br /> While I'm ripping the thing apart again.... I read on another forum's archives: """I learned ... to connect the Tele neck PU directly to the volume control. Louder, clearer, brighter and smokier (I use a Fralin Blues Special). The tone control still works on the bridge PU so I can adjust it to match the neck. All of my teles are set up this way and they sound great."""<br /> <br /> Well, I might consider that, since I only use the neck pickup, and usually volume is 10 and so is tone by way of no-load pot; but it implies, does it not, that you lose something going through the switch?



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