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My westfield e4000 les paul when plugged into anything doesnt work unless its switched to my bridge pickup and turned to 8 volume or lower

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Chances are that the contacts in the pick up switch and or volume / tone controls have got dirty over time and are not making good contacts.
The 3 position toggle switches in most budget Les Paul copies are prone to failure - only making contact on one position as the springs get weaker - you could try unscrewing the back plate and examining what is happening in the switch.
Try rotating the volume and tone knobs vigourously to and fro - if this produces a crackling sound the contacts are dirty - further rotation will clean them a bit but a little squirt of switch cleaning spray will help too.
Other than that it could be dry solder joints anywhere on the back of the switches and knobs or poor contact inside the jack socket

Posted on Feb 27, 2011

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