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Epi LP distorts... any ideas?


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I have an Epi LP Standard in which I had Burstbucker Pro pickups installed.

 

Everything was fine for a while, but now (sometimes) the guitar unexpectedly distorts. It doesn't seem to matter what pickup I select or where I set the volume/tone levels.

 

I already know that it's not the amp or the cable. I've tried several of each.

 

This problem is intermittent. What could be causing it?

 

Thank you!

 

Mike

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Intermittent problems with anything are a *****. If you can't make it happen, what's a tech gonna fix? I would operate and jiggle everything in any way I possibly could, including the wires inside until I could cause the problem consistently. Either it will reveal itself as something I could fix or a tech could then zero in on the specific cause and remedy.

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I have an Epi LP Standard in which I had Burstbucker Pro pickups installed.

 

Everything was fine for a while' date=' but now (sometimes) the guitar unexpectedly distorts. It doesn't seem to matter what pickup I select or where I set the volume/tone levels.

 

I already know that it's not the amp or the cable. I've tried several of each.

 

This problem is intermittent. What could be causing it?

 

Thank you! Mike

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Intermittent 3 ways or pots can cause distortion. Normally they become "scratchy", but

if the pot is intermittent, it may come on full. Spray it with a good contact cleaner

and itry that first.

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I got it soldered back on. but it didn't help the problem. :(

 

The guitar usually sounds amazing.... but when this happens, the notes on the lower strings will sound like bassy farts. Every note, regardless of the string, will be a little distorted, but the lower the note, the worse the distortion. Also, it sound like the high end has dropped off altogether.

 

It doesn't seem to matter which pickup I use, although the rhythm pickup is ever-so-slightly worse.

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I got it soldered back on. but it didn't help the problem. :(

 

It doesn't seem to matter which pickup I use' date=' although the rhythm pickup is ever-so-slightly worse.

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If both p_ups are affected, about the only thing common is the 3-way and the output jack.

Have you tried spraying the contacts on the 3 way? This definitely sounds like an annoying

intermittent problem. Usually one of the common replacement items is the 3-way, although

people have submitted ways of resurrecting them, if you have no way of soldering in a new

switchcraft 3-way.

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If both p_ups are affected' date=' about the only thing common is the 3-way and the output jack.

Have you tried spraying the contacts on the 3 way? This definitely sounds like an annoying

intermittent problem. Usually one of the common replacement items is the 3-way, although

people have submitted ways of resurrecting them, if you have no way of soldering in a new

switchcraft 3-way. [/quote']

 

Heck, you can REPLACE the 3-way for next-to-nothing. I had stopped playing my LP for a while when I used to intermittantly lose one of the pickups... a bandmate asked to mess with it, and just replaced the 3-way. Been great ever since.

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Heck' date=' you can REPLACE the 3-way for next-to-nothing. I had stopped playing my LP for a while when I used to intermittantly lose one of the pickups... a bandmate asked to mess with it, and just replaced the 3-way. Been great ever since.[/quote']

 

The reason I suggested it, was that the 3 way became intermittent on my Epi LP as well and

rather than mess with it, I just soldered in a new switchcraft...no more problems since then.

Don't know what it is about the asian made 3-ways...contact tension maybe?

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Which 3-way switch would I need (regular or right angle) for an Epi Les Paul Standard (made in Korea)?

 

Mines a MIK and it takes a SHORT 3-way. I don't think a right angle will fit in

the cavity for the 3 way on the MIK and a regular is for the 3inch archtop bodies.

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Regular or the short one. Try Allparts. The right-angled one is for (real) SGs.

 

Well, I got a regular Gibson OEM 3 way and it's 1.75 inches long to the screw threads.

My LP is 1 3/4 inches thick at the bindings..it may fit, by the cover plate may be very

tight going on.

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