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  1. Blues Dad in the Heart of Texas

    20 April 2017 - 03:11 PM

    Hi everyone! My name is Gary and I'm new to the forum. I'm a newbie guitar player outside of Austin, TX, but I got my start in Los Angeles. I've been playing on-and-off since I was in college--I thought it would get me girls; but I've been devotedly playing for the last three years. I've never performed for other people, and now my biggest challenge is getting some time each day to practice techniques and riffs.

    My favorite style to play is blues/blues rock, with my biggest influences being Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gary Clark Jr., but I really have fun playing anything that I find expressive. I also like acoustic folk, and have my work cut out for me when it comes to acoustic fingerpicking.

    For my gear, my pride and joy is a 2014 60th Anniversary Fender Strat, but I also love my Epiphone ES-339 and my Martin 000X1AE. I've been giving a lot of love to the ES-339 and hope to soon upgrade it to a soulful Gibson humbucker. I run mostly through my tweed Blues Junior sometimes with a little tube screamer to spice it up.

    I'm glad to be here and hope to make some good friends and get some good licks along the way!
  2. ES-339 Bridge Pickup Dropping Out

    20 April 2017 - 02:57 PM

    Hi everyone, I'm having a problem with my bridge pickup cutting out.

    I have an es-339 pro that I got in June 2014 that has the standard Alnico Classic (passive) pickups with coil tapping. It's my secondary guitar behind my Fender strat, but I've been giving it some love lately, after not playing it for about 3 months.

    I noticed starting last week that my bridge pickup will drop out. I'll be playing on bridge pickup, or switch to it, and then it will sound as though I turned the volume all the way down. I can faintly hear sound when this happens, but it's hard to tell if the sound is coming from my strings or just a really weak signal going to my amp. If I play through it, after about 30 seconds the volume goes back to full. I also found that when this happens, I can switch to a different pickup connector and switch back, and the problem will go away too. I don't know what causes it, but it usually happens once each playing session--usually 30 mins once a day, and only experience it within the first two minutes of playing. I have never experienced this with the neck pickup, and even switching to the neck when the problem occurs gives a full sound.

    Have any of you experienced this before? If the problem is solely with the pickup, I won't lose sleep. I love this guitar and have always planned to upgrade the pickups at some point, and by watching videos it looks like pickup swapping is an easy job. I'm hoping it's not a problem with the knobs or switches though. I'm still new to messing with guitars and am intimidated by pulling wiring out of a semi-hollow and putting them back in.

    I don't know if it's relevant, but the amp in question is a Blues Junior tube amp that's about two years old. I haven't been able to test this with another amp.


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