Electronics Issue With Gibson Les Paul Axcess

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  1. BenjaminW

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    For whatever reason, my bridge pickup having this issue of cutting out either on its own, whenever I use the push-pull function on my bridge tone knob, or whenever I roll up/down the volume knob for the bridge pickup.

    I've been having this problem on and off for about a year and I took my Gibson Les Paul Axcess, which has this issue, to Guitar Center. According to Guitar Center, the issue was the pickup selector, which I believe is part of why the pickup is cutting out. I did get the original pickup selector swapped out, but I feel like there's more to it. I should probably also note that when I bought the guitar, the previous owner said he'd reinstalled the pickups which are currently a BurstBucker 1 (neck) and a Burstbucker 2 (bridge).

    When the BB2 isn't cutting out, I get a pretty beefy tone out of it, so I'm a little skeptical about switching the pickups out, but I feel like that it's gonna have to be an option because I've come to the conclusion that the pickup selector and pots are not the issue.

    Since I don't really know how to solder and I'm also deathly afraid of screwing up such a nice guitar, what is really the best course of action?

    This thread probably isn't in the right subforum, so if mods need to move it, go ahead.
     
  2. MaxOfMetal

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    Just replace all the guts. It's probably one of the pots, but it's cheap enough to just get the whole thing done so you know it's all good.

    Pickups being the problem in a case like this is stupid rare. It happens, but I wouldn't consider replacement unless you swap out the guts.
     
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    You also mentioned that the previous owner reinstalled the pickups. Depending on their skill level with a soldering iron, it's possible that there are some weak solder joints. I would personally redo all of the wiring, and while I'm at it, throw in brand new components like Max said.

    Soldering is definitely pretty easy to pick up. There are plenty of how-to videos online, and I've been using a $5 Harbor Freight for about two years and have done about 10 wiring jobs with it. Guitar Center charges $100 for a dual humbucker w/ coil split config, which is a wiring job that takes 15 minutes start to finish if you prepare appropriately. It is also very, very difficult to mess a pickup up with a soldering iron. You would have to hold the iron on the lead for a long time, and there's no reason to do that in the first place. The most damage I've done to a pickup is bump the plastic insulation on accident and melt it a little bit.
     
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    Sorry for the late response, but when you say components, I'm going to assume that means just the pots?
     
  5. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Everything.

    Pots, caps, switch, wire, and if you have an extra $5, the jack.
     
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