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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by JonT View Post
    Reading through some advice on the Wiring Pickups tab. I'll try measuring resistance through different parts of the circuit so I can differentiate between zero, infinite and pot resistances.
    Yes.. Please use a multimeter and check the continuity of the ground between all circuits. There could be a short

  2. #22

    Resistance and the Tap Test

    I was getting continuity readings everywhere with my multimeter, so this week I desoldered a few joints to check individual parts. The soldering matched the 50s wiring diagram. The neck and bridge circuits were routed the same. I suspected the jack or switch were shorting.

    Socket: OK. Switch: OK. Pots: OK and responding 0-500k as expected. Which made me realize: OF COURSE I'll have continuity to ground via the open pots. That's what they do.

    So I rechecked all the circuits with 20M resistance, not continuity. Now it makes sense! You can see the legs of the volume pot change resistance opposite one another.

    To be sure, I wired a humbucker into the circuit and plugged into a practice amp. When volume goes up and switch is selected, I can hear the screwdriver tap on the amp. When volume goes down, no tap. When the switch isn't selected, no tap. I did this weeks ago and it worked then.

    On to fishing the wiring harness into the f-hole. Again. And again. (I keep tangling up with wiring and the fishing lines! I think I need to toss out that neat horseshoe of ground wires between the pots and just get two pots in at a time. We'll see... try again this week.)

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    This is stunning. It looks like Lake Tahoe.

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    The Blue Dot

    I backtracked and soldered in quick connects to simplify pulling the wiring loom (after the third try!). Tucking aside the ground, pickup and jack wires while I stuffed the pots was much easier! And now I can swap out pickups in the future without removing the pots.

    Anyways, once I pulled the wiring and installed the pots, I had to string it up to see the finished work! It still needs a proper setup but introducing: The Blue Dot.

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    Great job, ive never done a set neck only screwed ones so i consider you very brave. Good luck with the build, the colour is looking great.
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    It growls!

    New noise maker on the block!

    Setting up The Blue Dot. Filed down the nut. Adjusted the truss rod. Set the action. Lifted the pups...

    When it's set up and running through a 20W amp, the stock pickups have a decent range from a warm chime to a gravel growl, depending on volume and tone adjustments.

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    Mentor Trevor Davies's Avatar
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    The Blue Dot looks great! & Love the strap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Davies View Post
    The Blue Dot looks great! & Love the strap!
    1+ My favorites are often the hotrods

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