• Mystievel

    Faulty switches/ pickups? anyone else have this problem?

    So if anyone recalls i made a post a while back asking if my new guitar came broken or what. Well we found out it indeed did come broken and the problem was either the switch or the faulty neck pickup.

    ---The story---
    I ordered an EC-1000 blk (beauty) and now it has come again to me after i returned it once...with the same problem. When i flip the pickup switch downwards (towards my feet or i think its the Neck Pickup position) I only sometimes get sound if i mess with the switch enough. Either way...is there like an epidemic of faulty switches going around? Anyone else getting this issue with the EC's?

    • njrusmc

      Sounds like it could be bad soldering. Open up the cavity and gently tug on the wires. Ensure the electrical and mechanical connections are durable. Ensure the solder joints are shiny metal versus dull gray (indicating a poor-conducting cold solder joint). If you have a good digital camera, take a picture of the joints and I will be happy to inspect them.

    • njrusmc

      Jet66 would know, he has all the wiring answers.

    • Bob Levesque

      Good day all, just recieved my EC 1000, same problem, faulty toggle switch... when I flip it down, nothing, sometimes it works for a few seconds..

    • njrusmc

      Yes, pups is synonymous with pickups.

      Likewise, in your photo, the two middle touching terminals is not ground, but is the output from the switch. The one above and below is your neck and bridge pickups (inputs). The braid on the far left is ground. Jet66, correct me if I am mistaken on that.

    • setenza

      I posted this on another thread..but it applies to this one as well:

      I picked up a 500 the other day, nice guitar but yes it had the dreaded switch issue. Was able to take care of it last night.

      It was an easy fix...the switch has two sets of flat copper leaf spring contacts- when you flip the switch, it disconnects either one of the contacts (middle is both contacted). So, on mine, the inside contact for the bridge pickup circuit was bent or warped inward. This caused it to not be able to spring over all the way to touch the other contact sometimes. So..I just bent it in a little to fix..no more issue. I think what is happening is that the contacts are warping during the soldering process. Hope this helps all of you with this problem.

    • cisc

      I have this same problem on a newly purchased (used) V300.

      so is a switch replacement necissary most of the time? or just tinker with the connections iside?

    • FonzyBrookestone

      Having the same prob with my EC 1000 with the stock Duncan PU's. I go to use the bridge PU from the neck, and nothing! Fiddle with it for a bit, then works for a while. I'm going to open it up later to see what's doing.

    • Big Daddy B

      Had a bad switch on my KH-DC which is a quasi eclipse. Replaced it with a stock Gibson switch I gutted from a Les Paul. Works fine now. Replacement switches aren't too expensive. You can get a good Switchcraft one for <$5 delivered.