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    Default What's the buzz?

    I recently purchased a second hand Fernandes strat copy to take to work in Alaska. I wanted something cheap enough that if the dry climate in the arctic circle messed it up I wouldn't have ruined a premo guitar. ( my playing it does that on it's own) . Anyway lastnight I was playing it and noticed a raspy buzz, almost sounds like a blown speaker popping. But it's only there when using the middle pick up. The other two pick ups sound clear. Is it the switch? This guitar was only played once by the young lady that owned it before and spent most of it's life in it's case which is why this 05 still had plastic on the pick guard. So I doubt the pick up is blown. Thanks for listening..

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    Sounds like it might be the switch...try re-soldering the middle pickup connections. If that doesn't work, replace the switch.

    So you live in Austin and work in Alaska - crab boats?
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    Thanks, I'll give it a shot.
    No, not the crab boats. I work in Prudhoe Bay Alaska. It's a very large oil field on the coast of the arctic ocean, the origin of the trans Alaskan pipe line.

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    Resoldered the pick wire at the switch. Buz went away, however now the switch itself seems to be having contact problem. Have to jiggle it for it to contact. Guess this fernades is going to be a exercise in patients.

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    Replace it with a fender five way switch. I had a cheepo knock off and over time switched out the electronics for genuine fender parts and came out with one dandy of a travel guitar.Good luck with your guitar!
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    Changed out the switch today with a good one, she's all better now. Thanks for the advice!

 

 

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