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Thread: First Build: Red and Black Wilko Johnson Telecaster

  1. #71
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Mountain View Post
    Well that volume pot could potentially be toast which wouldn't help. That black earth wire that passes over the vol pot in the photo looks like it might be damaged, like there is a crimp in the middle of it?

    Otherwise to my amateur eye - it looks like it should at least make sound...

    Don't think so, mate (and would that prevent it producing sound?)

  2. #72
    Quote Originally Posted by king casey View Post
    I'd also check to see that nothing is earthing against your copper foil at the jack plug.
    Caught me out more than once.
    cheers, Mark.
    Thanks King, but i can't see anything there..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gill View Post
    Don't think so, mate (and would that prevent it producing sound?)
    It looks like the wire to the jack, so yeah, if its broken internally you have an open circuit.

    I looked at my tele wiring and the main difference is that I have my cap soldered to the middle lug on the tone pot. My switch is different, but from what I can tell what you have there looks right.

    You mentioned earlier that the volume knob just turns without stopping? Have you looked into whether that's the knob or the pot. If the pot shaft just turns freely I'd say it's buggered. Might be worth swapping that out.

    I'm still learning regarding wiring these things - it's confusing as there is more than one way to skin a cat in most cases and different wiring produce different results (beyond working or not). The important thing to remember is that you are essentially managing the signal produced by the pickups on its way to earth - most problems seem stem from poor or incorrect earthing.

    Anyway, best bet is to wait for Wierdbits to have another look and see what he reckons. You'll work it out eventually.
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  4. #74
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    Test it out of the body like it is in the photo to check that it isnít any copper shielding shorting out the signal when itís all squeezed into the cavity (including the jack). If youínot getting anything give some of the wires a bit of a jiggle to see if itís a dodgy connection.

    If still no sound then Iíd disconnect the white and blue wires from the volume pot and join them together temporarily to bypass the volume and see if that gives you sound.

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