EMG manuals state that the ground wire from the bridge should be removed and taped off as it's not needed for them to operate.
Passives DO require that wire to be set to ground. For a temporary solution you can try wrapping a wire on a bridge post or stud on the outside of the guitar and send it thru the bridge pickup cavity, below the pickguard or the mounting ring, and solder it to a pot.
Worst thing it could happen without that wire is having excessive noise problems. I don't see it blowing amps.
Last edited by PonyKiller; 08-10-2012 at 01:58 PM. Reason: typo
That doesn't ground the strings/bridge. For passive pickups the strings need to be grounded. Otherwise they'll work like an antennae and will pick up noise and hum.
You have a tune-o-matic bridge, right? Wrap a wire or unbraided string to one of the posts outside the guitar and run it to the control cavity thru the bridge pickup cavity. Take off the bridge pickup ring and run it below it. Solder or wrap it to any pot. That's a temporary fix and it's not very reliable. I recommend drilling a hole to the bridge post like it was shown in the video on post #42.
Also, an interesting post I found on a TDPRI forum thread:
http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-tech...ed-ground.htmlIt is also a safety feature. Certain regulations do require any exposed metal to be earthed. This is to provide a low resistance path to earth, less than 0.1ohm, via the amp chassis which must also be earthed. The guitar is technically an exposed extension of the amp chassis. Without going into long and boring detail - this is for your safety, safety of other persons and safety of property, it is not just for shielding.
I have been an audio engineer for over 30 yearsSomething doesn't seem to add up.What is a grounding lug?
Also, why is anyone bothering? By the end of the first page we can see the OP has already made his mind up that it's the pickup. We're not going to change that.
I did have this happen, but only with a C4. When I swapped out to Alnico 8, my pickup and my amp were both fine. I happen to love the Custom 8 now.
Because some people unlike you obviously, do like to help people when they are having a problem, I thought that was what this site was for.
Last edited by flamike; 08-10-2012 at 04:19 PM.
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Last edited by flamike; 08-10-2012 at 06:34 PM.