Wiring and Burstbucker 3 question
Posted 21 May 2008 - 02:20 PM
I just got a new Les Paul BFG, I love the guitar... not too big of a kill switch fan, so I was going to wire it with a 2 volume, 2 tone 3 way set up. I didn't have the right size shaft for my extra tone pot, so I figured I'd wire it back up and leave it as is. After I got it all working again, it seems like a ground isn't connected right. With distortion, the guitar buzzes a lot and if I touch the strings, bridge or selector switch it stops, but not the kill switch has no effect. The kill switch buzzes the same way when shut off, it's not silent unless I touch something else. All of my grounds are solidly soldered, so my question is, am I missing something or since the Burstbucker 3 isn't wax potted and the PAF is a single coil, are the pickups just that noisy? I've rewired many guitars using Seymour Duncans (first time using Gibson pickups) and the only pickup that ever buzzed like this was a Pearly Gates. Thanks.
Posted 21 May 2008 - 02:42 PM
Posted 21 May 2008 - 02:45 PM
Posted 21 May 2008 - 02:50 PM
Posted 21 May 2008 - 02:53 PM
classic 2 volume 2 tone one 3 way switch and no kill switch. I don't remember their name.
Even though the newly located 3 way toggle switch's hole is larger then it's neighboring
potentiometer holes, I think the solution was a larger washer.
Maybe once cudamax2343 uploads the picture you'll find your solution.
Posted 21 May 2008 - 03:23 PM
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 11:12 PM
Posted 22 May 2008 - 12:28 AM
I ohm tailpiece stud (one closest to the cavity) to the back of the pot the grounding wire is connected to (remember to touch the pot casing but not solder). Then touch pot casing -to- pot casing of all 4 pots. The each volume pot casing to selector switch ground lug. Then finally selector switch ground lug to output jack ground lug. Remember to touch clean surfaces and not any solder. They should all read 0 ohms. If they all read 0 ohms then the grounds are good.
Now this is for a Les Paul with 2 volume and 2 tone pots but you get the idea.
Heop this helps in checking your grounds.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:03 PM
Posted 25 May 2008 - 12:35 PM
Posted 26 May 2008 - 02:50 AM
It's definitely grounded to the bridge. I replaced that wire as well. I'm sorry to keep this thread going, but it's so damn frustrating. I'm halfway there now, it's just I can't get that last little bit to go away.
Posted 26 May 2008 - 04:21 AM
Posted 26 May 2008 - 06:42 AM
Posted 26 May 2008 - 06:56 AM
Something similar happened to me when I swapped the pickups and pots on my Studio.
I'd done it numerous times on my own and friend's guitars. The first time I try on a
Gibson and I couldn't get it right. I had to fight the electrical gremlins.
Glad you hung in there 'til you were happy.