Neck pickup not working

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  1. I Break Things

    I Break Things Senior Member

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    15031592084541452675895.jpg 1503159238072764058598.jpg 15031589794871245395762.jpg So my neck pickup is extremely quiet when I first switch to it, but later goes to full volume after fidgeting with it a bit and it will toggle fine after that initial "break-in" it seems. Can anyone tell me what is causing this and how to fix it? Here are some pictures of the control cavities.
     
  2. irocdave12

    irocdave12 Senior Member

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    My 55 outfit does same thing. Sometimes the neck is super weak when I switch to it. I rock the switch back n forth vigorously and it comes to life. It's a bad switch or dirty contacts.
     
  3. leifpaul

    leifpaul Senior Member

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    The switch is junk. Switchcraft should've been standard on epi lp in the highend range.
     
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    I Break Things Senior Member

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    Seems to be working better now that I've been using it a little more, so dirty contacts seem likely. How would I go about cleaning it safely?
     
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    IBT,
    Those switches are shall we say "less than stellar". I been able to fix a few by cleaning the contacts.
    Loosen the switch nut on the face of the guitar- CAREFULLY pull the switch out through the back. There should be enough wire to clear the rout. Check all the solder joints while it's out. Now fold a small piece of wet/dry sandpaper (black) between the contacts and give it a few swipes. Clean with some alcohol or naptha and plug it in and try it.
    YMMV...Good luck.
     
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    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    Typical weak points on Epis - switch and jack are often crappy.
    I have Gibson switches in all my Epis now. They are overpriced, but problem free so far.
     
  8. VicodinDream

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    I'd just replace the switch. Switchcraft has never given me any issues. Except a little lighter wallet. But you get what you pay for.
     

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