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Thread: 2001 Sterling Fretless - Piezo dead on G string

  1. #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    The wire looks kinda squashed though.
    Agreed. Hard to judge from the picture whether
    it is functionally intact.

    If you access the trim pots and adjust the G-pot
    with the volume cranked, you should get a sound
    similar to a dirty volume pot. If you get silence,
    tweak one of the others,to confirm that you get
    the noise from the intact E A and D.

    Assuming ALL the pots make the scratchy sound,
    then all your circuits are OK, including the G, but
    that one saddle is not connected.


    It's normal for TRIM pots to sound scratchy during
    adjustments. They are a very different design than
    the quiet pots intended to be adjusted while you're
    actually playing. Trim pots are built for occasional
    tweaks, not for continuous use.
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  2. #17

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    Agreed. Hard to judge from the picture whether
    it is functionally intact.

    If you access the trim pots and adjust the G-pot
    with the volume cranked, you should get a sound
    similar to a dirty volume pot. If you get silence,
    tweak one of the others,to confirm that you get
    the noise from the intact E A and D.

    Assuming ALL the pots make the scratchy sound,
    then all your circuits are OK, including the G, but
    that one saddle is not connected.


    It's normal for TRIM pots to sound scratchy during
    adjustments. They are a very different design than
    the quiet pots intended to be adjusted while you're
    actually playing. Trim pots are built for occasional
    tweaks, not for continuous use.
    I did check the pots and all of them including the G were cranked. But I can try it again. Like I said I don't even get noise when I tap on the saddle.

  3. #18

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    Ok, good news. I took it to my tech who at first looked at it and wasn't honest and said that he wanted nothing to do with it. But, he adjusted the saddle slightly, and bing. It started working again. I'm guess the wire was just getting too squashed, as was noted above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaspergretsch View Post
    Ok, good news. I took it to my tech who at first
    looked at it and wasn't honest and said that he
    wanted nothing to do with it. But, he adjusted
    the saddle slightly, and bing. It started working
    again. I'm guess the wire was just getting too
    squashed, as was noted above.
    Prolly that squashed wire is merely a cosmetic issue.
    "Adjusting" the saddle is something I've done from
    time to time when I have a problem with a Fishman
    bridge. It seems as if the piezos are just press fitted
    into the saddles and sometimes they need an "extra
    press". No clue how they get slightly loose.

    So, if the problem recurs, firmly but carefully press
    the piezo into the saddle, or tap it in gently with a
    sort of "lightweight soft mallet", such as a piece of
    dowel or a pencil with its eraser.
    Last edited by Golem; 03-26-2018 at 09:23 PM.
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