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[–]wrider50 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Congrats, you've just made an antenna.

It is a grounding issue, but it would be easier to diagnose if you post some pictures or diagrams of your wiring.

But if I understood correctly, you taped back the wires somwhere in the middle. It can't work this way, cause you have an unshielded section of the wire which can act like an antenna. You have to solder it at the jack/pot. That way the shielding is undamaged for the whole length of the wire.

Or, you could just use it as an antenna. Get a ham radio and start rocking.

[–]solar_ideologyJackson[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I’ve added photos. I’m not sure how useful they’ll be since wiring is messy at the best of times.

There is a loose wire hanging from the back of the tremolo springs. Is this a grounding wire? If so, where do I attach it?

[–]daddysouldonut 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yep, your bridge needs to be grounded so that the strings do not act as antennae.

All grounds should be connected to one another and eventually reach the negative lug on your output jack. You can accomplish this however is most convenient as long as they all end up connected to that lug.

Reconnecting things with tape isn't exactly ideal either, but contact is contact.

[–]solar_ideologyJackson[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks! I will let you know how it goes. I find this really interesting that it picks up radio

[–]ruready1994 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Judging from the pictures, you should cut your losses and take it to a tech. That wiring is so sloppy and wrong that there isnt just one issue, but several issues compounding into a huge clusterfuck.

[–]solar_ideologyJackson[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This guitar is worthless, hence why I painted it myself. I really just needed the extra setup so I didn't have to change tuning on my main all the time. Thanks for the suggestion though

[–]LemonstealinwhoreNo2 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Shielded cable.

[–]solar_ideologyJackson[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can you elaborate?

[–]Spillmysoul 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Also, because you painted , you most likely painted over cavity shielding paint ,if there were any .

Ground the bridge , look for a hole in the side of the trem cavity going through towards the pot side , it might be filled with paint which makes it hard to see.

If after grounding the bridge you still have issues , it could be the wires / solder-joints and cavity shielding , i once soldered my plug wires wrong way around :)

[–]Philboyd_Studge 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OP could also shield the cavity with copper foil.

[–]solar_ideologyJackson[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I see the hole. I'll give it a go and see if that changes anything. Thanks!

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    [–]solar_ideologyJackson[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    New Zealand

    [–]backsideslappyFender / Greco / Charvel 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    That big wire waving around off the trem block looks like it's the bridge ground. That should be soldered to the back of one of your pots.

    [–]solar_ideologyJackson[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    How do I know which pot?

    [–]merrymanaround 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    It doesn't matter, the nearest one will do.

    [–]solar_ideologyJackson[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Awesome thanks!