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HI all.

 

Not sure how, but my bridge pickup stopped working. Taking the pick guard off, I can see the red wire from the pickup has broken off from the 6 position switch. I've looked in the Schematics section of Gibson Support, and searched the web but all I can find are the diagrams for the 4 position switch. Any ideas what pin this should be re-connected to? Soon as I can figure out how to safely link a pic, I'll add it in a followup post.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Hi there...

 

You want to PM Searcy... Hes THE Ripper expert...

 

 

 

Thanks for the info. I sent a request to Gibson Customer Service for the schematic for it, but no response yet. Still trying to find a way to post a pic without photo bucket (no way to just embed like email?). I wont bother Searcy until later.

 

Thanks again.

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Thanks for the info. I sent a request to Gibson Customer Service for the schematic for it, but no response yet. Still trying to find a way to post a pic without photo bucket (no way to just embed like email?). I wont bother Searcy until later.

 

Thanks again.

You can post a pic using the insert media button.. but they only give you like 500k

 

Does this help?

ripper-wiringBIG.jpg

 

78Ripperwiringdiag.jpg

 

74Ripperwiringdiag.jpg

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Hi Rabs,

 

Thanks again for the info. Those were the images I was talking about earlier that are either for the 4 position switch, or the mod from the guitar. Not being the great electronic mind, I can't figure out how to adapt the info in those. I did finally break down for the photos so here's mine for the issue. Thanks again. (hope this works)

 

GR2_Wiring_zpspkln7yno_1.jpg

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Oh boy. Well the 2009 Ripper 2 is wired differently than the originals. This can be tricky. We need an official 2009 wire drawing.

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Well my only other thought.. Is that since its only one wire that's not connected... Cant you just try each lug?

 

Get a small alligator clip or some other temporary way of attaching the wire and just do that till you find the right one?

 

Not very technical but should get you there...

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I'm 90% sure I could fix it just by looking at the lugs and seeing which one looked like it had been connected before. It's only one connecting. But I'm used to looking for such things. :-k

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Hold on a minute. I'm going to try and do a screen capture and below the image up and see if I can tell where it was originally soldered.

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Hi all,

 

Thanks for the help. I thought of looking for where it might have broken off too, but I could not see any point where it might have originally been soldered. Still no response from Gibson Customer Service either with a schematic. I only filled out their form Wed or Thur of this past week so maybe they're still looking for the schematics. Do you know if they look through these forums and might respond here?

 

I might try the "is it this one" approach with a multimeter, but I don't want to mess up any of the caps or whatever is inside that silver box. (again, I am in now way electronically minded)

 

I'll keep checking this thread and if I hear anything from Gibson, I'll let you know.

 

Thanks again.

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Hello again. Here's a quick update.

 

So I left 2 messages to Gibson Customer Support through their Support form on the Gibson website. It's been 2 weeks and have yet to get any direct response.

 

I did call Gibson support and talked to someone (name withheld) who said he was not the one who received the support form request, but did offer some info. It looked to him like there was no schematic on record there, and whoever was handling my request would have to contact some other place to see if they had any schematic info. That left me a little confused - like some other place was doing the electronics for them? He couldn't offer any other info and did not give me any indication of if/when I could receive a response.

 

On a whim, I contacted Seymour Duncan Custom Shop since they were the ones that made the pickups. Within a few hours (excellent customer support) I received a response that they only wound the pickups and they did not have schematics for the electronics for the 2009 limited run Ripper II. They were also helpful by recommending I contact Searcy (see, you are famous!) and I explained the previous contact with him on this forum.

 

Kind of let down by Gibson's support. Even with the info/pic posted I thought they would be able to provide an answer. I guess it's time to bump this up at Gibson.

 

Again, thanks to all who have tried to help out. Who knew one wire would be so difficult.

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I'm sorry you're having to deal with this. It's really unimpressive that Gibson can not supply a drawing for this bass.

 

As Rabs alluded to earlier, I spend some time and money getting the Rippers, Grabbers and G3 basses back on the road and into the hands of players. Unfortunately I have never worked with any of the Ripper 2 basses.

 

If the bass were here in front of me I'm sure I could get it working properly in no time. If you would be interested you can send me the pick guard assembly and I would be glad to fix it for you free of charge. It would allow me the chance to take some notes on a wiring system I haven't had the opportunity to put my hands on before. It would take me about a week to get it turned around and back to you. I understand if you're not interested in sending the guts of your bass to random internet guy. But my offer is honest and I'm not a hard guy to track down.

 

Clint Searcy

 

 

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I can second Searcys credentials... A proper honest and good man..

 

He wired me an amazing set of pickups at a great price and sent them all the way to the UK for me... [thumbup]

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Hi all,

 

Thanks Searcy for the offer, and thanks to Rabs for the confirm. I might be down in Nashville for some work later in May. If it works out (and I don’t have this fixed by then) I may look you up. After some electronics research, I have most of it working. There is just one setting - Pos #4, second coil of the neck pickup - that I can’t get going. I’m working on a new updated schematic/drawing that has the whole wiring setup and more info on the switch. Once it’s done, I’ll make sure you get a copy

 

By far the most disappointiment is the lack of any help whatsoever from Gibson. Not so much as a simple acknowledgment of my original requests. Very poor customer service. I sent off a fine letter to Mr J. and two others at the Gibson Brands HQ. We’ll have to see is there’s any response from management.

 

Thanks again for the input.

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