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    Overlord of Music Simon Barden's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by blinddrew View Post
    Hmmm, turns out I'm not quite done yet...
    When i turn up the tone pot (i.e. to a brighter setting) I'm getting a lot of noise, which disappears completely when the knob is at its other extreme. Any suggestions?
    Well, your tone control when set to 0 is filtering off all the HF, so it's not surprising the noise disappears. But it means that it's general RFI, and not mains hum, which is good. You'd still hear and substantial 50Hz noise with the tone control down.

    P90s with their wide coil do pick up a lot more noise compared to say a Fender single coil. Have you checked that the strings are still grounded?

    Of course you could swap to a P90 with a nickel cover (avoid other often steel covers as they seriously affect the sound). I'm sure I looked round and you can get black painted nickel covers (to keep the same vibe) and one of those should cut out most of the noise. But the cover needs to go right down to the base plate of the pickup so it can be grounded, so again you've got the problem of matching a cover to the height of the dog ear arms. You can do a certain amount of bending of the arms to get the height right, but you don't want to do it too much so that the metal ears aren't supported by the body or stick out under the plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blinddrew View Post
    Sadly excess expenditure is off the cards at the moment whilst I'm still in job limbo. I guess I was wondering if I should be looking at a glue with a bit of inherent flexibility or something that sets rigid.
    Or will it make no difference either way?
    I'd probably use some epoxy, though I'm not sure how well that would stick to the plastic cover. Obviously the original glue didn't stick that well! So definitely rough up the underside. But you may find a silicone glue works better.

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    Cheers as always Simon.

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    Oh Bugger! (Note to self, Dont drop my guitars.).
    Im rather happy with the stock pickup, Id also be trying to glue it back together.

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    FYI, the GFS p90s are inexpensive and quite nice. I have a vintage dogear in my LP JR build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by churchie View Post
    FYI, the GFS p90s are inexpensive and quite nice. I have a vintage dogear in my LP JR build.
    Some of them arent P90s, they are ST style single coils in a P90 housing (Dream90s).
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    Fender did the same with their Japanese Jazzmasters - Strat style coil under a big Jazzmaster pickup cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkMark View Post
    Oh Bugger! (Note to self, Dont drop my guitars.).
    Im rather happy with the stock pickup, Id also be trying to glue it back together.
    Yep, fortunately everything else seems to have survived ok.
    First I need to put my motorbike back together but I might get chance to fix it tomorrow.

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    I have a spare PBG black dog ear P90 from my AGJR-1 that I would be happy to give you as a replacement.

    Unfortunately, I am in Australia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blinddrew View Post
    Yep, fortunately everything else seems to have survived ok.
    First I need to put my motorbike back together but I might get chance to fix it tomorrow.
    Commiserations. I (once upon a time) crashed my motorcycle on the way home from a gig with my saxophone on board.

    Good luck with it.

    cheers, Mark.

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