So I've installed a Dimebucker into an SG Special (keeping the 490R in the neck position), followed all instructions to the letter, and have been stuck with said Dimebucker cranking out MAYBE 50% of it's actual output...I mean the neck pickup is like 2x as loud and the bridge almost sounds like it's coming out of a crappy transistor radio or something.
I've tried and tested everything on the freakin' thing and found nothing. I used a multitester to test the output of the pickups and it's fine (I got 15.5K and THEN after rewiring it again, I'm getting even a little more than the 16.25 that it's rated as...), so are each of its coils, so is the continuity from the 3 way switch to the output jack...yada yada yada.
I've gone from just knowing how to use a soldering iron to being pretty jaded, even STRAIGHT UP GRIZZLED, about guitar electronics inside of a week...alas, I still have no idea what's causing this.
At first the Seymour Duncan instructions and diagrams confused the Hell out of me with all of the various unnamed wires they show going to and from the volume and tone pots, but I've figured out what they're referring to now--EXCEPT FOR the FOLLOWING WIRES that the cursed diagram (in my case it's the one for two humbuckers with two volumes, two tones, and a 3-way switch) shows (and doesn't show):
- My SG has a *mystery* wire coming into the cavity that goes to the Neck pup's tone pot--it's got a black coating (some of it was exposed and I fixed that with shrink tubing) and it's made out of some stiff ass wire...maybe it's the "Ground wire from bridge" that the diagram has coming out of nowhere into both tone knobs, maybe it's something else. Anyone happen to know for sure?
- The diagram shows a wire coming from the center terminal/lug/whatever on the 3-way switch that goes to the output jack's tip...while I got a big wire coming from that center of the switch (the lower terminal) that connects to each pot and then goes to the output jack (pretty sure that's the ground that goes to the output jack's sleeve), there's NOTHING connected to the tip (and that thing does not like anything being connected to it, for that matter...). I doubt that this is that significant, but like every part of that guitar right now, it's ANNOYING THE HELL OUT OF ME...
Also, I had to extend the pickup's wires, and while I don't see why the bare wire wouldn't work with a copper wire extension, I have this nagging suspicion that this could be the source of my woes (especially since my issue seems like a ground-related issue). Could that be it?
Can anyone think of anything that I'm missing? Cause, let's face it, me missing something isn't exactly implausible...