yeah, iīm crossposting. what of it? thought you guys should be able to shed some knowledge here.
also: iīll give you guys a nice NGD thread with sexeh pics and clips if you help me out here!
The problem is as stated in the thread title: when iīm not touching anything, and just have the guitar plugged in, i get a loud and terrible "ground fail" buzzing noise. if i touch the strings or the volume pot, the buzz gets lower, but doesnīt disappear. iīve tried touching things in the electronics cavity, and iīve tried prodding and poking with a wire to "connect" different parts together, but iīve been unable to get the ground issue to disappear (other than touching with my bare skin, which obviously has the same effect as touching the volume pot). if i turn the volume pot all the way down, it goes away, so at least the jack is wired correctly and stuff, and itīs not the cable. however, when i turn the volume all the way down, i also get this weird "howling" noise. the whole guitar is also microphonic, and i can record people talking if i want to.
the howling changes between two pitches, and i can affect which pitch it will be in by moving the wires in the cavity and stuff.
these buzzing is present in all 3 pickups positions, although it changes tone in the middle and neck positions. it gets brighter and more audible. itīs also not a problem at all if i change guitars, so itīs obviously in this specific one.
iīm thinking itīs either the bridge not being grounded properly (itīs got single-string bridge saddles, so each saddle is grounded individually), or itīs the volume pot. alternatively the bridge pickup could be whacked, and is somehow affecting the other one and whacking the ground out of balance or something.
iīm GUESSING itīs the volume knob though, since itīs howling and stuff... anyway, does anyone have any tips for me? iīve gone over the wiring in the cavity, and itīs all legit and properly done and everything, so no problem there. itīs got to be either bridge, pickup, or volume pot.
fake-edit: iīm kinda thinking itīs "probably" the bridge, really. but i donīt know.
hereīs a clip of the buzzing (itīs a standard "whoops i forgot to ground LOL" noise, but hey!) and the howling: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3782113/WTFWIRING.mp3
real-edit: hah, i didnīt know tags are made automatically like that! thatīs hilarious! look at them! itīs like theyīre describing a crazy night out partying!
Has this been re-wired?
You're likely going to need to post pics so the wiring gurus can see what the halibut is going on.
Sounds like a ground issue 100%, but my guess is the real culprit is a bad pot.