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-Shaun-

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What have you done wrong if.....
« on: September 16, 2010, 06:02:35 PM »
..your guitar buzzes when you touch the pole pieces?

I've put the original pickups back in my 70s strat and now, whilst if functions normally in every-other respect, it buzzes if you touch the pole pieces of the selected pickup!

I've never seen this before. What have i messed up?

Thanks

Philly Q

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Re: What have you done wrong if.....
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2010, 06:05:23 PM »
Does this happen on all 3 pickups?
BKPs I've Got:  RR, BKP-91, ITs, VHII, CS set, Emeralds
BKPs I Had:  RY+Abraxas, Crawlers, BD+SM

-Shaun-

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Re: What have you done wrong if.....
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010, 06:09:40 PM »
yes, all three pickups and all positions of the switch

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Re: What have you done wrong if.....
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2010, 06:57:21 PM »
It's the sort of thing where I'd normally say it must be some kind of grounding issue, but Strat pickup polepieces aren't grounded anyway.

The only thing I can think of - and I'm not sure if it would make any difference - is that you may have swapped round the ground and hot wires on each pickup?  It might be worth swapping round the back and white (or black and yellow, or whatever) wires, just to see if it has any effect.  Of course you'd need to do it on all three so they're still in phase.

One other thing I read somewhere (the Kinman website?) to do with a similar issue:  if you paint some clear lacquer on the exposed tips of the polepieces, it insulates them so you're not grounding the polepiece when you touch it.

But I'm not sure any of that will help....  :?
BKPs I've Got:  RR, BKP-91, ITs, VHII, CS set, Emeralds
BKPs I Had:  RY+Abraxas, Crawlers, BD+SM