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    Default Multimeter Problem

    When I test my pickup on the multimeter, it will give me my desired DC reading, but then it will show 0 for a while then randomly will show that I have DC resistance. What could be the issue?

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    Default Re: Multimeter Problem

    New battery and try again.
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    Default Re: Multimeter Problem

    When I test my individual coils they read on the multimeter, but when I assemble and wire them together, they read 0.

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    Obviously, recheck your wiring. There is no "reasonable" way you could get "0" unless you have a direct short to ground.
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    Default Multimeter Problem

    Youíve described two completely different problems.

    If the meter is switching from a reading to 0 during the same test, my first thought is you donít have a good connection from the meter to one of the circuit wires. The battery could also be the issue as hamerfan noted, though I havenít experienced that one.

    Getting a value read in isolation and 0 in circuit tells me your circuit is either not complete or shorted - youíve got a wire that is not fully connected, somewhere; or a short as GuitarDoc noted.
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    Default Re: Multimeter Problem

    I figured out the issue, the black wire came out of my multimeter.

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    Well it depends on where you have the leads. A "0" reading means there is no resistance. That means there is a complete circuit, but no resistance in the circuit you are measuring. In my experience that only occurs when one of the meter leads is connected to a ground point and the circuit (at some point) is shorted to ground. Usually, if you are measuring a circuit that has an open connection you will get NO reading or an incredibly huge resistance.
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