Post by sssssssssddd on May 2, 2021 18:16:21 GMT -5
The pickups connecting to my pickup came off. When I try to solder them back together, the pickup produces no sound. It's not an issue with the rest of the circuit, it's an issue with this connection to the pickup. I didn't which little wire is live and which is ground and I tried both orientations, still not working. What might this be? Pickup was definetly working before.
I see the disconnected wires and I see where you circled, but I can't see where the other end of the connections is, the points you were trying to solder to. The tiny wires from the pickup coils can be very tricky to solder to, if that's what you're trying to do. The "ground" wire is likely wired to the baseplate, and you should be able to solder to that fairly easily, but the "hot" connection cannot touch the baseplate or you'll short the pickup to itself and have no sound. So that is my suspicion here.
As for which wire goes where, I can't see that from your photos, but if the wiring was okay (that is, not shorted) and you just had the 2 connections reversed, the pickup would still work, it would just be out of phase with your other pickups.
If you have a multimeter, you can check your results without having to put the pickup back into the guitar. I would try soldering 2 short lengths of wire to the pickup on your workspace, apart from the guitar, ensure that you get a reasonable resistance reading on your meter, and then attach the 2 new connections to the 2 wires in the guitar.
Another option is to just replace the pickup. Unless this is some sort of rare vintage thing, you may find the cost of replacement is less than the frustration and tearing out of your hair, time and energy you spend trying to fix it. ANd, you haven't said how this happened initially- were you in the guitar already for some other reason? You might find that this isn't the only issue with that coil, maybe it's internally shorted anyway (and likely then unfixable).