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Concentric potentiometer: Inner knob is turning outer knob. Is this intended and is there a fix?

I have a bass with concentric potentiometers/Dual-gang potentiometers for some combined tone and volume controls. I noticed the other day that, sometimes, when I turn the inner pot it moves the outer ...
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Change pickup order on a 5-way blade switch

I'm going to be following the following set up for my telecaster's controller: https://sixstringsupplies.co.uk/pages/5-way-telecaster-wiring But I don't like the default order of the selection. I want ...
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Can you use 2.5mm mono jack cables as a quick plug system in a guitar control panel?

I've picked up a guitar kit that has a simple solderless system for connecting the pickups to the control panel. You can see it here: I was wondering if it's possible ...
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How to wire an Ibanez RG170 W/5-way switch H-S-H

I have an Ibanez RG170 electric guitar with a volume knob and a tone knob and a 5- way switch and one day I opened up the back and noticed that one of the Humbuckers was never actually hooked up at ...
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How do I wire a Fishman soundhole pickup with the pickup in the soundhole and a vol (+ tone maybe) control on the guitar?

Fishman Blackstack Soundhole Pick Up - Double Stacked Humbucker I have contacted Fishman to ask what vol pot and or tone pot I would use with this humbucker. I want to mount the pots on the guitar, ...
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Wiring 1 humbucker, 2 singles, 1 tone knob with YKE switch

So I got this cheap used guitar (Invasion brand). It has H+S+S setup, two knobs and a 5-way pickup switch. Currently it's wired like this: As you can see, it's not wired properly (the humbucker is ...
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Will this 4X12 cab wiring configuration work as intended?

I have an idea of how I could wire my 4X12 amp cab to allow me to easily switch between 1, 2 or all 4 speakers. But I want to know if I'm missing something in my plan before I jump in. Instead of just ...
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new pickup, new preamp but no sound?

I recently got myself a Nordstrand MM4.2 to pair with an active Mojotone 2-Band Music Man Clone. This is my very first attempt to mod an electrical instrument, and I thought it would be so much easier ...
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Is low DC resistance good or bad for a mic? Is this Lav mic (CVM-WM300) incompatible with my mixer (Zoom PodTrak P4)?

I'm pretty deep into debugging this. I suspect there's just some knowledge I'm missing. The lav mic is a stereo 3.5mm TRS male from a wireless lav kit CVM-WM300. This mic is working for sure as I ...
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Question about pickup phase

I currently have a hss guitar setup with a coil split and a five way blade selector. in 2st position with the coil split, it’s like a regular hss Strat with the middle single coil and the slug coil of ...
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Why would a pickup be quiet?

I recently bought a Les Paul online and when I tested it out the neck pickup was incredibly quiet. I could hear that it was on, but I really had to listen. When I had it in the middle position, it ...
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No sound from bass guitar unless strings are hit very hard: dead preamplifier?

My electric bass guitar (Yamaha RBX374, active pickup) suddenly stopped producing any sound. Only if I play the strings very hard, I do get some noisy tone. Here's what I tried: I suspected it was a ...
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Strange output problem with series/parallel blade pickups

I have a set of APG T-sized blade pickups in my Tele. There's a set of two rails within the pickup similar to a Barden in design. It's wired with a master volume/tone, 3 way switch and a 2 way on-on ...
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Splitting a 4x12 to two 2x12s

I have a 4x12 cab loaded with 8ohm speakers. I'd like to connect two amps to this cab, one amp running into the top two speakers, the other into the bottom two. Basically turn it into two 2x12s in the ...
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Unusual tremolo on guitar with overdrive

was looking for some help on a somewhat weird issue im having. I just installed new pots, caps, and humbuckers in a guitar. When you crank the overdrive, it has an extremely aggressive tremolo that ...
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Is it OK to have a missing ground wire in bass guitar output jack?

I was fixing some bad connection in a bass guitar output jack and realized that there seems to be no ground wire. Not sure because it's my first time but a short research seems to indicate that it is ...
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Sudden death of Fishman preamp on acoustic guitar

From previous experience I know you are a source for good advices. Here is the thing. I have a cheap Fender guitar that use to play at Church. Since they changed the cable "asigned" for guitars it ...
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Problem connecting phone to PA/monitor

I recently bought Alesis Strike Amp 12 for my E-drums and I having a real hard time when I want to connect my phone to it - I have no idea what cable to use. Whenever I want to connect my phone using ...
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Electric guitar troubleshooting

Went to look at a guitar yesterday and I'm trying to diagnose some of the problems it had before I potentially buy it. It's an LTD Alexi laiho 200 so single volume control and a single EMG 81 in the ...
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Dark-sounding 1986 Les Paul Custom - modern upgrade? or embrace yacht rock? [closed]

I'm lefty, and good lefty guitars used to be very rare. I bought the first lefty Les Paul I ever laid eyes on: a used black 1986 les paul custom. I gigged/toured in three different bands with it. It's ...
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Correct wiring for 3 Humbuckers

I have tried to create a guitar wiring diagram for 3 humbuckers that should result in the following posisitons using a 6 way, 4 pole rotary switch: Neck Middle/Neck parallel Middle Middle/Bridge ...
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bare wires from pickups in ibanez diagram confusion

I am installing a two kill switch setup and am new to working within electric guitars. I am working on an Ibanez Prestige from 2007. I accidentally disconnected some soldering points so I used it as ...
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Different capacitor values needed for baritone guitar tone controls?

I am trying to wire up a baritone electric guitar with controls similar to a G&L legacy (volume, treble, bass). My question is whether or not I need to change the capacitor values to account for ...
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Custom HSS wiring Strat

I am looking for a schematic to wire an HSS Strat as follows: Volume for bridge with push/pull DPDT series/parallel switch Volume for middle and neck pickups Master tone 5 way selector: Bridge ...
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Should I buy a new guitar or fix my current one?

I have a 2004 Epiphone G400 Gothic. I bought it used in 2011. The person I bought it from sold it to me with fretbuzz. I haven't minded it so I chose not to repair it. But now that I've been playing ...
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Buzz problem in Ibanez RG350dxz

I was cleaning up my guitar and removed my edge ii tremelo bridge and the springs holding it along with the stud screws holding the blade. But now when I reconnected everything, there is no sound ...
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Chaining amplifiers together

I just bought an Ampeg B5R head and I'm curious about how to combine this with my Ampeg V4. I want to use both amps to get more volume. Both amps have the "POWER AMP INPUT" and "PREAMP OUTPUT" ...
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How to wire 1 humbucker to a 6 position rotary switch without tone and volume pots?

Any help would be useful diagrams?
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Diagnosing potential ground fault. More than 0ohms from pot

I have a noisy guitar that goes dead when I touch it. Checking resistance between all metal parts and the sleeve of the cable is 0, except 1 pot that reads 30ohms. What exactly constitutes a clean ...
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Humbucker troubles

I'm rebuilding a Stratocaster, and I put a new pickguard in that's a a very basic wiring setup for a strat: a single humbucker and a volume knob. I have my ground wire soldered in the back. Soldered ...
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Which microphone is usefull to replace the original MEMS Microphon of iRig Accoustic Stage?

Yesterday I broke the wire of my iRig Acoustic Stage pickup. The wire is very thin (in my own opinion an absolute cheek). On the internet or at the music store, there was no way to buy the microphone ...
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Roland pt-3100 Piano with Yamaha HS50M Troubleshooting

My friend lent me his pair of Yamaha HS50M monitors to output my Roland pt-3100 digital piano (2 x speakers to L and R phone output). He instructed me to buy balanced cables for the setup so I bought ...
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Single speaker with 2 8ohm parallel inputs?

I just got a free Fender cabinet that only has one speaker, but looking at the back it has two separate inputs. They're labeled as 8ohm parallel, but I thought you needed at least two speakers to wire ...
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Need help with multi out BFD3 in Ableton 9.7.1

I'm using BFD3 and I'd like to route the outputs of each channel into Ableton for further processing. What I'd like to do is: For each channel N create a mono out N into Ableton In Ableton have N ...
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Wiring a double shield instrumental cable

I was going to make some guitar cables and there is one thing on which I am not so sure about. If I have a double shielded cable (ordinary audio cable consisting of signal, shield 1, shield 2), where ...
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Bridge pickup with no sound. Testing with multimeter and trying to find where the failure is

I installed a new bridge pickup on my Telecaster. It worked briefly, but then no sound came out of it. The neck pickup still works. I tried installing the old pickup back into the bridge as well, but ...
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Proper way to use a shield and ground-wire when rewiring a guitar

In an attempt to resolve some major hum problems with my son's archtop with a floating pickup, I'm about to start my 2nd rewiring attempt. This time I'm going to be using 18 gauge, stranded, shielded ...
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Guitar wiring diagram confusion

I am trying to change the pickups in a guitar I own. I've done this before with more simple circuits but am now trying to follow this diagram to get more complicated switching options. I find the ...
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Single Humbucker Wiring Help

I've recently purchased a single humbucker, and plan to remove the 3 single coil, 1 volume and 2 tone pickup configuration in my stratocaster with simply 1 humbucker and 1 volume. However, all the ...
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JACK JackRouter (and then?)

I'm using Jack 1.9.10. I want to record system sound into Ableton, and don't want to plug a cable from line out to line in. I start PortAudio, I turn on JACK Audio Connection Kit, it is already ...
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2 x Mono vs 1 x Stereo Quality

Two-channel Stereo sound can be provided by two Mono cables, or a single Stereo cable. What differences, whether significant or not, are there between pairing each voltage lead with its own ground ...
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Do I have a grounding issue?

I am asking a question regarding my PRS SE7. It has 2 humbucking pickups and recently, I have noticed a substantial amount of noise in my signal. The noise diminishes when I touch the strings or any ...
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Electric guitar grounding

I have serious grounding issues; my guitar buzzes very much, but if I touch any metal parts it's decreasing. I have some pictures of wiring if you want. I want to know how to locate broken or loose ...
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Get series and parallel pickup wirings from a Strat?

I'm looking for a way to get some thicker pickups-in-series tones out of my Strat without losing the existing Strat sounds, or some extra ones I've added. My current wiring uses one of the tone ...
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Is it practical (or even beneficial) to put pickup phase switch on Telecaster?

I play three Telecasters, they all have standard single-coil pickups. The oldest of these has a really individual sound when using the middle pick up setting. It is really thin and nasal; great for ...
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Humbucker pickup wrapping wire role (The one that wraps the four wires together)

I was wondering if this wrapping can be removed as it is very hard to stack all the wires so that the pickguard will be easily placed inside the guitar. Does it shield noises for the four wires coming ...
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Guitar buzzing after replacing bridge pickup

I replaced my humbucker bridge pickup with a different one (humbucker as well) and now I have this buzzing when I'm not touching any metal part on my guitar (string or pots). I wired the pup exactly ...
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