Adjusting Neck/Sound 2005 Jackson RR3
Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:04 AM
I dusted it off last summer and began to learn how to adjust truss rods in my guitars and the action of the necks. I have a truss rod ruler thingy. I did a little adjustment to the Jackson but I'd like to set it up to play like the older Jackson models. All of the newer guitars i've purchased after 2002ish seem to lack the quality of the older models.
I'd like to start with the electronic wiring in this Jackson. Can I change the wiring to get a heavier sound out of the bridge pickup? The neck Duncan sounds fine. I swapped out the bridge pickup for a higher output unit. I've just read about so many different wiring configurations i'm not sure which is best.
Posted 10 January 2017 - 08:19 AM
I put in an Entwhistle X2 pickup at the bridge, adjusted the truss (it was a bit off), lowered the action, and adjusted the intonation. It plays like the Jacksons I had back in the day.
I have to give the Entwhistle X2 pickup some credit for the price. This thing sounds great. When I need the nice, clean sound I switch to the neck Duncan TB4.
One thing about the neck Duncan TB4 I noticed is that the green wire is wired as the positive. Duncans wiring diagram(s) show the green as negative. I don't know if the neck pickup was wired out of phase accidently or if this how the polarity is in Korean built guitars.
I am now soldering in two toggle switches for each pickup (4 total); a coil split and an in/out of phase switch. I'd like to get the Telecaster single coil style sound when I flip the coil split switch. I'm hoping to get more highs for leads with the bridge pickup out of phase. I'm going to try the "Killswitch" with an On/On toggle also.
The problem I have on two Jackson guitars at the moment is the Floyd Rose breaking the high E string. I've had two high E strings break on the other Jackson as well as a new high E on the Jackson RR. It snaps right on the block/saddle thing in the tremolo. I took a small file and smoothed the edge in which the string seems to be breaking on. Do you think this could be because the Floyd Rose tremolo is too high on one side creating more tension on the high E?
Additionally, I've been having issues with the guitar staying in tune. Even after the strings have been stretched. It's a nightmare having to remove the locking nuts when the bridge tuners are turned in or out all the way. Any advice would be helpful.
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:59 AM
If that was my guitar it would probably get a Dimarzio. Just personal choice. I've only ever owned one Jackson, and it was a RR. A really low end one. I've owned a few Charvels.
Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:41 AM
I accidently broke a volume pot by soldering too hot. Than I realized the poor quality of the pots and 3-way pickup switch. I picked up USA made 500k mini pots. This on its own seemed to change the sound quality drastically.
The split coil on the neck pickup worked out pretty well. I get somewhat of a Telecaster sound. The sound output is a bit lower.
The in/out of phase switching surprised me a bit. It doesn't seem to affect the sound quality but is more like switching mids/highs/lows around.
I eliminated one volume pot so I have just a master volume pot. I put a toggle "kill switch" in. This works so slick I'm going to put one on all my guitars.
I could still use some pointers on keeping the guitar in tune. I'm wondering if the strings are sliding out of the "block" as I'm playing? I had the G string fall right out. I have the bridge that requires the end of the string without the ball to tighten in to the bridge.
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