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i've had this Jackson 7 string equipped with EMG's for several years and just got this problem even after changing the 9 volt battery. When i roll back the tone all the way, it sounds clean and fine but anything more than that and the signal seems overloaded. Any ideas what the problem might be?

Edit: At first i plugged straight into my Eleven Rack which goes through studio monitors that have no issues. Then i plugged into my Fender combo and am using a brand new cable. I know for sure it's the guitar.

The tone knob on my guitar has nothing to do with the volume (as far as i know? There's no difference in level of volume and i believe it works as a high pass filter). I think it must either be an issue with my active pickups (perhaps the signal is overloading the amplifier), or a wiring issue with the tone potentiometer since i'm only having issues when the tone is above zero.

  • Can you edit your question to add in the rest of your signal chain and as many settings as possible? If you have a huge number of pedals or effects in your chain, I suggest your first step is to eliminate them all and plug right into the amp. If you just have the amp, then please edit to add what make and model amp it is and what settings you have for each of the knobs. – Todd Wilcox Jun 25 '18 at 13:14
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    If your tone pot is acting like a volume adjustment, then you probably have a short, a bad capacitor, or other broken wiring problem. Didn't make an answer because it is not completely clear if your tone is adjusting volume. – Yorik Jun 26 '18 at 17:03

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