PCB-board neutralized!

Discussion in 'Tone Zone' started by Ray, May 4, 2019.

  1. Ray

    Ray Well-Known Member

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    Yep, its out! rsz_20190504_190451.jpg

    The reason was: After I had a 'pro" swap my stock 61 pu's with a Bare Knuckles Riff Raff and a DiMarzio EJ Custom for the neck, there has been times when Ive used the pu switch and suddenly, the bridge pu has been dead. A flick of the switch and the axe worked perfectly... Go figure..

    Yeah, gotta mention that that pro just snipped the leads from the 'pc-plug' on the PCB and connected them to the new pu leads. I wasnt expecting that..
    When I experienced this switch/dead pu the first times, I got suspicious and opened the cavity shield. And well, I discovered that some of those lead-wires from the pu's looked wrongly connected - that "pro" messed up or didnt bother checking the webz for the color codes, so I got my money back and installed the pu's myself.
    But the problem with the switch/dead pu stayed with me..

    This problem with the switch/dead pu always happened out of the blue, and did maybe happen 10 times in six months... And few flicks of the switch always fixed that... very weird.. So this hasnt really been a big issue, but lately its been getting worse. I have looked into that cavity so many times, without finding the troublemaking component. But after I fiddled a bit with the switch I DID suspect it was a malfunctioning..

    3 days ago it was a whole week until we were getting in the studio to record the new SKADA-album, so thought: Come hell or high water, I getting that PCB and that switch outI And I better get going!

    So I bought the last (!) SG-upgrade kit they had in Norway, from gitarist.no (a WDMusic kit with four CTS pots (500's) and wires etc.) watched Youtube tutorials, and did the 50s wiring myself. And I think it turned out OK. (A few wires could have been placed a little different, but hey, its my first harness-wiring.)

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    (That red plastic is there to make the cavity shield stay better in place, the holes for the screws went to far in so the screws would not stay in.)

    That old "bumblebee" cap was something I got as a bonus when I bought the JetCity amp from a guy. I was suspecting a had cooked one on the the caps (dont know if did, it looked bad) so I decided to give this bumblebee cap a shot. And it works just fine!

    And already now, with low volumes on my little 5 Watt JetCity, I can hear a difference with the new pots. Theres more treble now, which is what wanted, in addition to a 24/7 non-stop perfectly functioning geetar. Also I like how the 50s wiring allows the treble to stay with me when I roll down the volume for semi-clean sounds. (I dont do squeaky clean sounds, hehe)

    Have added a pickup cover on the neck pu since last time as well.
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    Looking good!

    Good to have you back on the forum!
     
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    Damn you, by the way! I was planning on getting an SG wiring harness from gitarist.no. Now I have to buy it elsewhere!:D
     
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    Ray Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, man! :) And yeah, Im glad to be back, too.:)

    And yeah, gitarist.no wrote me that they will not sell any more of these sets for SGs, only sets for Marauders, Moderns and Corvuses.
    Have you ever heard such nonsense? ;)
     
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    What? They will sell sets for all the guitars no one has? Strange, indeed! But I guess they will still sell all the individual parts needed to wire upan SG?
     
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    If they won't get any more SGkits, theres always a few Corvuses out there waiting for new owners!:D

    Jokes aside, I bet gitarist.no is gonna get more SG kits in a few weeks. Otherwise they surely have the parts. I'm crossing guitarnecks for you, buddy. :)
     
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    WEW, sunburst, that thing's a beaut! I've heard great things about the Riff Raff, specifically this thread on another forum:

    https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/bare-knuckle-pickups-jimmy-page-sound.104651/

    Pickups are nice and all, but hotdamn, that guitar seriously looks sweet! The standard cherry or ebony on a small pickguarded SG I don't think fit, at least to my eyes, but sunburst and ivory both hit the mark somethin' fierce! Glad everything works properly now, too.
     
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    Damn Norwegians
     
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    I actually bought a harness a few weeks ago and installed it in my 2018 Standard. I had no problems with the stock PCB, but I had a set of late 60s T-Tops that I wanted to try in the guitar, so I swapped the harness as well.
     
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    Gahr, on my 4 SG's, only my Classic with P90s has the PCB in it. The others have either CTS, Gibson logo, or Bourns 500k ( I swapped into my Faded ) and did 50's wiring.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    The volume control is a potentiometer that functions as a voltage divider and the tone control consists of a potentiometer and cap that functions as a low pass filter.

    There is no pre-amplification happening with a passive circuit.
     
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