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"My guitar sound is not coming out of my amplifier!" ¶ 

You strum your guitar and no sound comes out of the amplifier.

The guitar is not plugged in. ¶ 

Check to make sure that your guitar is plugged into the amplifier.

The amplifier is not turned on. ¶ 

Check to make sure that your amplifier is plugged in and turned on and that the volume is turned up.

The volume knob is turned down. ¶ 

Ensure that the volume knob is turned up.

There may be internal wiring issues. ¶ 

This may include wiring between the pickups, the pickup selector switch, the potentiometers, or the output jack.

Here is a wiring diagram for the guitar: http://www.guitarplanet.eu/uploads/pics/... (Links to an external site.)

If the wiring is correct, and the solders are clean (no broken wires too), then it could be a bad switch, bad volume pot, or a bad cable from your guitar to your amplifier.

"Why do the strings sound horrible?" ¶ 

Your strings have a dull sound, or do not hold a tune.

You need new strings. ¶ 

Sometimes when strings age, they lose their lustrous sound, and have trouble holding a tune. You may need to change the strings.

String Replacement Guide

The strings are too high or low on the neck. ¶ 

If the strings are too high or low on the neck, you may hear a buzzing sound while fretting the strings. This may be fixed by adjusting the bridge saddles, or by changing or replacing the bridge.

Bridge Replacement Guide

"I put new strings on and they still will not hold their tuning!" ¶ 

You have changed your strings but they keep going flat or sharp.

New strings need to be broken in. ¶ 

After a fresh string change, there may be slack on the strings. The strings have a tendency to stretch slightly, and may just need to be tuned a couple of times more.

The tuning heads have become stripped. ¶ 

If you have broken in your strings, and they still do not hold a tune, or if you visually observe the tuning heads turning on their own, you may need to replace your tuners.

Tuning Heads Replacement Guide

"There is always a crackling sound when I play!" ¶ 

You're plugged in, the amp is on, but there is this horrible crackling occurring while playing.

Your cable may be broken. ¶ 

If you hear a crackling sound often, check your cable. You may try using a different cable.

There may be an internal wiring problem. ¶ 

If you have changed your cable, and the crackling persists, you may need to fix the internal wiring. Through frequent use, the output jack can become worn out. The volume knobs and selector switch can also become dirty or worn out.

The pickups may need replacing. ¶ 

If all else fails, one or more of your pickups may need replacing.

Pickups Replacement Guide

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