When i plug in my x-series, my bridge pickup doesn't come in all the time, and you can notice the output jack shifting a little bit. and when you move the cable, it cuts out the sound, how do you fix this without majorly taking apart my guitar?
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You didn't say what make and model of the guitar or the pickup, so this is just a generic answer.
Remove the strings and saddle. center the picup in the bridge slot noting where the wire is located and mark where it needs to exit. drill a hole just large enough for the wire to pass through. Check where you want to install the output jack. If in the side, drill a mounting hole. If you're using an endpin jack, drill the appropriate pass through hole..
place the pickup in the slot pushing the wire though the hole, then out though the ezit hole. press the pick up in place with a q-tip, toothpick or some other nonmetalic probe. re-install the saddle and string the guitar. temporary solder an output jack to the wire and try it out before permenently installing the out put jack as you may need to reposition the pickup right to left in the slot to get the strings balanced. once it sounds right, install the output jack
Taylor make a factory solution for this issue- you basically need a metal strip located where the ball ends of the strings anchor, and a wire running from that to the ground on the output jack. The Taylor piece is about 25.00, but is only good for pins that are in a straight line, not the "vee" shape of some of the Stratacoustics. I have made my own version through the years, using thin piece of metal, holes drilled to match the alignment of the bridge pin holes, held inside in line with the bridge pin holes by two-faced carpet tape (the thin kind)...with a wire soldered to it that is then run to the ground tab on the output jack. Then any time you touch the strings, you ground the guitar. This is usually a problem caused by the ground attachment on the under-saddle pickup, btw, right where the wire joins the pickup under the saddle.
Encountered the same problem. Also noticed that plugging in extension speaker solved it. My conclusion: jack output for extensions speaker normally shortcuts and is then wired to the standard speaker. If the outputchassis gets a bit bended it doesn't shortcut and then doesn't connect to the speaker anymore. Repairing is very cumbersome, therefore I just soldered a shortcut to a jackplug and inserted that. Connecting an extension speaker apparently wires the speakers in series, instead of parallel as I would expect. In my opinion the design and construction are not very clever in this respect as jackchassis are vulnerable.
I hate to say it but you probablly need a bigger hammer... grip the jack, not the fiddle, and put more force on the plug... they can initially be tight... I do NOT like carpenter jacks myself. They are too heavy. At the 1 cm point is where the plug has to displace the contact. Expect to put 1 to 2 pounds of force to get the plug in... SUPPORT the jack so the force doesn't go on the fiddle. Make sure to use a high impedance cord and preferably short, say 3 feet cord. The capacitance of a guitar cord heavily loads a piezo pickup reducing the high frequency component of the fiddle sound and distorting the waveform. The impedance of the piezo's are around 1 to 2 megohms. Looking on an oscilloscope I found that a guitar cable and amp input made the normal sawtooth violin waveform into peak like mountains. We are now using a short cord (2.5 feet) into a Line6 X2 wireless digital body pack. The link transmits the wave undistorted.
Realize that when you plug into the one jack it disconnects the fingerboard pickup from the mix.
DO NOT USE "stereo" cables as it is intended to use TWO MONO cables, one for each side of the stereo.
IF you plug into the one jack that will connect to the bridge pickup, it will disconnect the fingerboard pickup from the mix BUT leave the fingerboard on its own jack.
That same jack will have BOTH fingerboard and bridge pickups IF the second jack (bridge) is not plugged into.
This is according to the schematic. If you find that yours works backwards, then either the schematic is wrong OR your guitar pickups may be electrically swapped.
I am a gitarist myself too and firstly let me tell you u have purchased an excellent guitar to begin with!! Now about the Neck\blues pickup.....If you say there is little sound this can be because of:- 1)Faulty bridge adjustment 2)There can be a problem also because of the neck of the guitar being a bit bent in or around the place where u have the pick-ups though the chances of that are rare.
If there is no sound then please contact your dealer to change the piece.... Have a great time playing
Hoping this helped.Any help regarding the above steps , feel free to ask them. See ya.
VIsit Peavey's website at http://www.peavey.com contact their customer support and you can order a wiring diagram on how these pickups should be wired. I've always been able to get any diagram I've needed for any of their products, some times you have to pay for them but sometimes they can be downloaded for free.