I have a fender toronado that was having some intermittent sound problems with the neck pickup so I decided to open it up, didn't see anything blatantly wrong with it, and seeing as how I have no idea as what I was doing. Decided to rewire the entire guitar ;D While digging up information on how this all works I decided to get some push-pull pots for the tone knobs and wire it up so I could switch to single-coil. I believed I'd figured it all out and gone to work on it, but when it was all said and done, I threw on one string to test it out and I get a very loud neck pickup, and when I switch to single coil, I notice almost no sound difference. On the bridge pickup, I get very little sound output. I have to have my little amp up past halfway just to be able to hear anything out of it. I've got a volt/ohm meter, but have no idea what to check or how. Any ideas?
When I get home(currently at work) I'll draw up the wiring diagram for more information. Thanks for any help.
Well here's the wiring diagram, sorry, I'm not much of an artist. Let me know if you need more information about anything. Also this is a 4 knob guitar, 1 volume and 1 tone for each humbucker, the wiring is the same for the bridge pickup, except the 4-conductor wire is blue, and so is the wire that runs to the switch.
One more thing. I'm suspecting the problem is that I rewired my pickups entirely too. and had to rely on memory to get them back to the write colors/orientation. but I've not been able to find a way to figure out start/finish and polarity of a pickup.
1. Yes I was rather confused with the wiring of the push pull pots, Worse yet since I couldn't find one that worked exactly as I wanted, this one was pretty close and I followed it. though it seems to me that I would have them in single coil mode until I pulled the pppot up where they would be regular humbuckers. share.heisplainaverage.com/fender/1217_0126.gif
2. No I don't have a user's manual for the volt/ohm meter, I've found some instruction online and could probably figure out what I need to on it, but don't know what I would be looking for.
Sounds like a missing signal or ground connection. Or, perhaps the bridge pickup is out of phase with itself (common frequencies canceling).
3. Don't particularly think it's a missing signal or ground connection, as everything is wired, and both vol/tone pots are wired the same, though it could be a bad sauder job, was my first time doing that too. I'm thinking it's probably out of phase with itself. I was in a class last night and while drawing it out, had decided at the very least I was 100% sure I'd messed up the wiring to my bridge humbucker in relation to what I had going on in my neck.