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 Post subject: Rickenbacker 325 c58 wiring repair?
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:45 am 
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Hi, after all these years!
I just wanted some advice. If the sound cuts out from an unmodified Rickenbacker c58, and neither the amp nor cable are to blame, is it possible that some of the electric solders have become damaged. I want to retain the original wiring, but on the middle setting, the sound is usually low and after a few seconds of playing it gets up again. The bottom pick up setting is fine, and the top setting is ok too. I want to have it repaired but this guitar is so rare, I don't want to take it to someone who may change the original wiring set up. Any advice will be welcome.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 325 c58 wiring repair?
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:15 am 
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Sounds like it could just be dirty contacts on the toggle switch, that would be the first thing to check.
If it is that it's an easy fix and something you could do yourself in less than 10 minutes.

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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 325 c58 wiring repair?
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:47 am 
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Hi, I am not so tech so I am not sure how to do that. Any advice on that?


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 325 c58 wiring repair?
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:07 pm 
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Just un-screw the pickguard and flip it over.
At this point operate the toggle switch and observe, it's not to difficult to understand what's going on.
Hopefully you've noticed the small round contacts on the ends of the springs, they may be oxidized and require gentle cleaning or the springs need bending slightly with needle nose pliers to increase the pressure on the contacts.

I've had success cleaning the contacts by placing a piece of very fine sandpaper between the contacts and when under pressure of the springs only, pull the sandpaper out, usually once or twice is sufficient or you could use electrical contact cleaner if you prefer.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 325 c58 wiring repair?
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:23 am 
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If I take the pick guard off won't all the knobs etc fall out? Is there a possibility of some tiny springs or little bits becoming detached or loose. It is just that if I open it up and bits come off, I won't be able to fix it.
Thanks for the advice.


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