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Variax 300 distortion on A string - loss of gain sometimes help needed !
on 2012-04-13 16:54:14.3740
Hi to all here !
I got me a second hand variax 300 and while it was working ok for some days then the volume seemed to shut off suddenly sometimes .. once a half an hour or less maybe , now I think is even worse and the second string A gets this nusty digital dostortion sound along with its sound. Only this specific string. I tried eveything I guess ... I opnened the bridge to clean as much as I could. I don'rt know if it is a cold joint on pcb but I did not lay my hands on it.
Maybe if I had a schematics in case something goes wrong that might help.
Regarding the shut off though is a different thing. When I unplug and immediately plug in again the cord, then everything is back to normal ! Just a quick out and in solves it for some good minutes of playing ( from guitar's side).
The string problem was not occuring always and I had some ggod hours and in the beginning days of trouble free playing (except for the shut off ) but now the string problem seems permanent. When I raise the string beyong normal A tuning then it somehow solves the distortion thing so I guess it has to do with tension thing too.
Any help would be greatly appreciated !!
With special regards,
Re: Variax 300 distortion on A string - loss of gain sometimes help needed !
on 2012-04-14 01:39:10.9070
with more spring tension you get more pressure on the pickup.. this makes a better ground as those pickups ground through the chromed case to the saddle then to the bridge plate.
the problem with this is corrosion and or the oil from your skin gets in there and breaks ground...
so... id suggest you buy some contact cleaner... loosen your string then spray all round the pickup. do ths a few times in between blow off the residual cleanre with compressed air.
this should at the least solve the problem temporarily.
my 300 had the same problem....... i replaced the factory pickups with graphtech ghost pickups .. problem solved...
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