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I have a sunburst Tanglewood (a cheaper Les Paul style guitar) and the other week on of the wires that connects the jack socket to the pick-ups came loose. I took the back off and got then got my dad to solder both the wires back onto the appropriate parts. However ever since he's done this there is a continuous background noise whenever I play and it gets worse if there distortion to the extent that its barely playable. Any idea what we might of done wrong when we soldered it and how to resolve it? would it be expensive to get it fixed at my local guitar shop?


Post Date: 2/12/2011 @ 11:39 am
RE: constant back ground noise
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Probably cost you $20.

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Post Date: 2/12/2011 @ 12:34 pm

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It's possible you have the wires switched around. Desolder, reverse the wires and resolder. See if that helps.

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Post Date: 2/12/2011 @ 5:35 pm

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Brazenman took the words right out of my mouth. God knows I've done it often enough.

Post Date: 2/12/2011 @ 8:43 pm

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If the wires are not reversed, make sure that the solder job did not bleed from one side to the other. Kinda sounds more like that would be the problem. All it takes is for a little connection to be made.

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Post Date: 2/14/2011 @ 4:42 pm

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Bad ground cause buzz, buzz bad! Ya, what everyone has been saying, sounds like a ground buzz, probably either swapped polarity or a crappy solder joint.

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Post Date: 2/14/2011 @ 8:41 pm

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When I was piecing my RBX170 back together after a refinishing I put the pickups in, and soldered the potentiometers back and fastened them and the whole nine yards. When I plugged in, there was back ground hiss that got worse when I touched the strings or any metal components on the bass. I must have looked up 100 JB style wiring diagrams and resoldered every single connection in the bass ( not to mention dis-mounting the bridge and re-doing the ground ) before I realized that I had the polarity mixed on the output jack. Total hours wasted: about 7-9.


Post Date: 2/15/2011 @ 7:27 pm

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