Just an estimate. How much would it cost to rewire one guitar?
I've always done it myself, so the price of an iron, solder and whatever parts you need.
At a decent shop, most places will try and hit you for $50-75 maybe more for a simply Strat, Tele or Les Paul...if you start adding push/pulls and mini switches the price will go up.
Just walk away from it for a few hours and come back with a clear head...take your time and do it as neat as possible.
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Depends upon the complexity of the circuitry. What is your local repairer's minimum bench charge?
How hard can it be?
STEP 2 - Go back to the guitar. (I am guessing that it is the same Ibanez that you posted about in the Pickup Lounge.) Solder the original Ibanez HB back into circuit.
This will achieve three things.
1) You will have a guitar that works.
2) You will reaffirm your self-confidence in your ability to service electric guitars.
3) You will have removed any pressure to get your damaged/faulty replacement pickup back into working order in a hurry.
Depends on what it is. If you're just talking about changing the pots and switch in a Tele, could be as little as $40 (1/2 hour labor, pretty much a minimum bench fee). Replacing everything, pickups and components in a Les Paul or Strat, $60-$80. Full hollowbody rewire, and you could easily be looking at $120 or more in labor.
Lot's of variables, and it pretty much comes down to billable hours for your specific job.
Most stores in my area charge around $60/hour for set-ups, repairs and wiring.
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Many guitar store 'techs' know less about wiring guitars than the average forum member. You can shell out $50 to a guy that doesn't know any more than you do.
When you're frustrated, stop. Put the guitar down, come back to it fresh in a few days or a week. Are you working with a good color diagram, like one from this site? Look at the diagram until it makes sense to you. Then tackle soldering again. Look at one part at a time. There is no time limit, you have other guitars to play.
1) Every electrical part has a hot & a ground wire attached to it (pots, toggle, and jack). Hot wires are always attached to lugs.
2) All ground wires are interconnected together in one big loop, which ties into the main ground wire from the bridge or tailpeice/stop bar.
3) Miss one of the above points, and you either get noise or no sound at all.
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Just keep at it Andrew, you'll figure out what's wrong with it soon and you'll feel stupid because you couldn't find it earlier.... It's happened to me.
Last edited by Got_tone?; 02-22-2010 at 08:38 AM.
Blueman and Funkfingers: excellent advice! Many thanks...
Trust your instrument with a reliable tech if you're going to pay to have any work done, not a store.
That said, wiring is not the most complicated thing to work on if you take the time to learn and understand what you're doing. There will always be odd cases which can be difficult to trouble shoot, and if you find yourself at wit's end and simply can't make it work, feel free to give me a call. Toledo may be a bit closer (I'm up in Ann Arbor), but from what I hear, and the amount of business I get from Toledo, I don't know that there are any good techs down there.
"Okay, all employees up in the front of the store for 5 minutes. Anyone know what this is (holding up a soldering iron) and what it's used for? No, Johnson, it's not a kitchen utensil. You in the back, with the polka dot shirt & striped pants. Yes, that's right, 'some sort of soldering thing.' That's settled then, you're our new tech. By the way, you ever use one of these? Well, don't worry son, you'll get the hang of it before long. We're backed up and you'll get a lot of practice."
(Whispering to a prized regular customer: "If you have anything in our shop for repair, I suggest you take it home immediately").
Last edited by blueman335; 02-22-2010 at 12:54 PM.
Andrew, you are only 60 miles away. If you are up for a road trip I might hook you up...
Shoot me a PM.