Hey all. Not sure if this is the right sub, but here goes nothing. Im an amateur luthier (and i use that term loosely) who has a good 2-3 years of acoustic instrument repair under my belt and I just started recently branching into electronics repair. Im working on a cheap ibanez HSH for a customer, who brought it in because position 2 on the selector doesnt work right. 2 gives absolute silence, and 4 gives you a little bit of the bridge pup instead of just mid and neck. Im no electrical engineer but from what i can tell, everything is wired properly. On the 2nd position, even the hot output wire from the pup selector gives no buzz when I touch it with a screwdriver. My best guess is that the switch is to blame, considering all the other positions and pickups individually are functional. Do any of you guys have any experience with this kind of thing?
I bought a guitar with a piezo pickup. There is a toggle switch which is supposed to switch between three modes:
Magnetic + Piezo
When using one jack it is meant to send all toggle positions to one amp. When using two jacks it is meant to split the magnetic and piezo signals to a stereo pair of amps.
When using this second stereo configuration, I find that the piezo works in the middle magnetic + piezo position but doesn't in the piezo only position. If I turn the amp all the way up I seem to hear it very faintly.
For the magnetic signal I'm going to a Fender Mustang amp. For piezo I'm going to an ampeg combo.
Is this normal behavior, am I doing something wrong, or is it faulty? Again, the piezo works in all other configurations, just not on its own in the stereo setup.
My best guess is it has to do with impedance and maybe needing a DI or something instead of straight from the piezo out to an amp? But if that's the case why would it work as long as the magnetic pickup is engaged, even in stereo?
Here is a transcription of a sheet that came with the guitar, but it doesn't have much helpful information.
USING ONLY ONE AMP/JACK.
1-PLUG INTO FIRST JACK(CLOSEST TO MINI TOGGLE)
BOTH ELECTRIC PICKUPS AND PIEZO WILL WORK. MINI TOGGLE
MIDDLE-PIEZO AND ELECTRIC
USING TWO AMPS/BOTH JACKS.
(FIRST JACK) ELECTRIC PICKUPS
MIDDLE AND TOP POSITION BOTH ELECTRIC AND PIEZO ACTIVATED. SOUND THROUGH BOTH AMPS. (SECOND JACK) PIEZO ONLY SIGNAL TO THE AMP IT IS CONNECTED TO.
MINI TOGGLE IN DOWN POSITION –PIEZO THROUGH CONNECTED AMP. NO ELECTRIC OR THE AMP IT IS CONNECTED TO.
Edit: Another couple observations that might shed some light on the wiring
The middle position seems to be sending electric signal to both amps.
Also, with both cables plugged into the guitar and the first cable plugged into the guitar amp, handling the second cable which is not plugged in will cause a buzz to come from the guitar amp.
It seems like maybe the circuits aren't separating when both cables are plugged in?
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