Hey guys! I'm working on an Epiphone '84 Explorer project guitar and just installed the pickups. I checked out Youtube vids and searched this site to learn how to install a ground wire. Most people are saying that the bridge post insert needs to be removed, then solder the wire to that, then run the wire into the cavity and solder on the volume pot. The problem is I don't want to risk damaging the finish of the guitar by prying the bridge post out. Is there another way?
I purchased the guitar with the electronics and hardware stripped. The guitar was originally equipped with EMGs, but I'm installing passive Duncans. There appears to be a hole running from the bridge post into the battery box cavity (which I will not be using), so hopefully I wouldn't need to drill into the body to run the wire.
I was thinking...and keep in mind I am an electronics noob, but bear with me...if I mounted a random screw (or plate) inside the body cavity, then soldered the ground wire to that, would that work? Tremolo equipped guitars have the ground wire soldered to the trem plate and that seems to work fine, but is there something about the grounding process that I am not understanding? Thanks for any help.
I've not had a problem pulling bridge studs and damaging finish. They're generally pressed in after finish, not before, so the finish isn't build up on them or anything. I'd just do it right and pull the stud out. However, you don't need to solder the wire to the bridge stud, you just need the wire touching the post.