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Pickup not working in Ibanez guitar

Hi,
I have an Ibanez AFS75T guitar with two humbucker pickups. I've had it for about a year. Now one of the pickups (bridge side) is not working. What is the best (most economical) way to deal with this problem? Is there something I can open up and check? How much would it cost to take it to a store for repairs? I love this guitar but the sound is really getting affected because of this. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
~A
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Re: Pickup not working in Ibanez guitar

7/24/2004 12:28 PM

Matthew Laham (4396) wrote:

You can check to see if the pickup has gotten disconnected if you open it up. BE CAREFULL!! I am not familiar with Ibanez so I don't know how iffy this is. With my Les Paul I was able to open it up and see that the pickup was not connected to the selector, maybe that's what the problem is.

Matt



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Re: Pickup not working in Ibanez guitar

7/24/2004 2:47 PM

Ananth Narayanan (2180) wrote:

I've never opened up my guitar before, but I don't mind trying. Any tips on how to open it up (and put it back together)?



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Re: Pickup not working in Ibanez guitar

7/24/2004 2:51 PM

Matthew Laham (4396) wrote:

If your Ibanez is anything like my strat you can open it up by taking off the pick guard. If it does not have a pick guard you'll have to go around to the back of your guitar and unscrew a cover of some sort. BE CAREFULL!! I don't want to be responsible for the destruction of your guitar. So maybe you should even wait until someone who knows more about this answers your post.

Matt

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Re: Pickup not working in Ibanez guitar

7/24/2004 2:56 PM

Michael Warren (6249) wrote:

Take it to a music shop, if you haven't had experience with these things. Its not as easy with your guitar to get in there and fix, as it is with a solidbody.

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Re: Pickup not working in Ibanez guitar

7/28/2004 9:07 PM

Kurt M anti (163) wrote:

I've never liked Ibanez pickups, I would go ahead and upgrade, because if the stock pickup has gone screwy, it might even cost less just to put something better in, it's amazing how big a difference a good pickup can make. Just be sure to account for feedback with that guitar.

good luck!

-sXe Kurt

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Re: Pickup not working in Ibanez guitar

7/30/2004 2:19 AM

Randy Evans (6450) wrote:

Plug in the guitar, place a volt meter across the tip and shaft of the cord, and measure the ohms!! Humbuckers are generally 8-12 ohms and Single Coils are 5-9 ohms. If you get no reading the pickup is dead or the internal wiring/switch or pots are shot. Diagnosing the problems is really easy if you have basic electrical knowledge and a few tools. There are a number of books available as well as web sites like Stewart McDonald that provide info on wiring basics!!

Guitar Electronics has some good info and wiring schematics, as well as parts for sale also!!

The Guitar Players Repair Guide is a great book I have had for years. I have saved a lot of money, learned a lot, and dont have to wait for some "dude" to get my axe fixed and then get overcharged for crapass work!! There are good techs out there, but in my travels, I have'nt run into many. If you play a lot of Live work, knowing the guitar is a lifesaver as well, because you dont want a bad switch or shorted circuit stopping your show at a bikers gig/roadhouse/night club in front of a bunch of drunken and mad folks!! Believe that!!

BTW, most shops will get 35 to 50 bucks to fix a short like you have in your guitar. (if the pickup isnt dead) That same money would set you up with all the tools and books you need to do it yourself....From now on!! Think about it. Good Luck....R Evans.>O