What's wrong with my EMG?

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  1. chopeth

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    Hi, mates

    I have a 6 string guitar loaded with EMG 81/89. As of late I only play 7 stringers it stayed in its case for more than half a year. The other day I felt like playing it and after I plugged it, the sound started farting, bland, coming and going depending on how strong I hit the strings, but still utter garbage, unusable.

    I tried a fresh new battery in case the problem is the other is empty but the crappy sound is exaclty the same, as if the gain was off. What has happened here?
     
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    Check the quick connect connection on the back of each pickup, make sure it's snug. Then clean out the pots and switch with some contact cleaner, such as DeoxIT. Lastly, make sure the third pin on the output jack is engaging the cable.

    If none of that works, rewire it. A solder joint might have gone bad.
     
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    :erk: dunno how to do any of that
     
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    Have you considered the trombone?

    I kid, I kid.

    Checking the quick connects on the back of the pickups:
    - Unscrew pickup from guitar.
    - Inspect the back, there should (if EMGs were built within the last decade or so) be a connector between the back of the pickup and the wiring harness.
    - Make sure that connection is snug. Remove and plug back in to be sure.

    Using contact cleaner:
    - Grab a spray bottle of DeoxIT, available at most electronics, hardware, or office supply stores.
    - Blast the inside of the pots (you'll see gaps in the housings), and the switch. Spraying the jack and any connectors will help too.

    Examining the jack:
    - Just make sure that the cable is touching all prongs.
    - If you have an enclosed "barrel" style jack, just replace.

    Still not working? Buy a new EMG quick connect harness. Which one will depend on what control setup your guitar has.
     
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    These are the pups, dunno if there's a quick connect here:

    EMG-81TW bridge humbucker pickup
    EMG-89 neck humbucker pickup
    EMG-S middle single coil pickup
     
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    It not about the model, it's about when they were made.

    Just unscrew them and take a look.
     
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    around 10 years, but I'll take a look when I arrive home. Thanks!
     
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    Yo no te lo podrĂ­a haber explicado mejor amigo... Sigue sus instrucciones.

    Also, I would check the battery is making a good contact/connection with the battery clip. Even if the battery is new if the contact is not right the current won't be good for the application. You can use pliers if you feel it "loose". If it is tight then check the solder joints of the battery clip... Only two wires but without power EMGs just suck.
     
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    Gracias, compa... I don't play sixers for a long time now, I don't know why I took it out of the case in the first place. I'd have to remove the strings which are new (not good skill at re-wiring those) and probably mess up with the solder iron... I never did that and don't feel at the moment for that. I almost broke the battery cavity to make it open, I thought it opened the other way round...

    I think it goes back to its case :noplease:
     
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    You don't need to remove the strings at all to remove the pickups.

    - Just loose them completely, remove the screws and CAREFULLY (so you don't scratch the finish) slide the pickup from the side. Put a cloth on the body just in case. I've swapped EMGs a lot this way, that's the cool thing about the quick connect cable.

    - When using contact cleaner, ask for "tres en uno" at any electronics or hardware store if you don't have around.

    - Oh, and another trick besides what MaxPower told you. Once my battery died on a rehearsal, I changed it and it didn't work. I thought was the amp. Then the keyboard player took it, LICKED IT, and bam! It worked, lol. Obviously I'd never advice you to lick batteries, but can't hurt to wet the battery contacts a bit and see if it works. You're not going to fry the pickups anyway.
     
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    Thank you so much for your help, mate, yes, I have 3in1 around and also tried to lick it as stupid as it sounds, hahaha, but don't feel like taking the pups out, it's a FR guitar and even only loosening one string is a pain for me, I'd take it to my tech (50km) some day if I start playing sixers again, which I think I won't... who knows.
     
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    With a floyd you don't loosen anything or touch the tuning

    You remove 1 or 2 sPrings to swap or examine pickups
     
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    Yup or even just use the whammy bar to loosen the strings (push down) and then put something between the bridge and the body of the guitar to keep them loose. They don't need to loosen up much anyway for the pickup to get out...
     
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    As obvious as it sounds, never thought about that before. Noted! :banana:
     
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    Or just take out the springs in the back and lift the bridge out of the guitar:

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