My pickup intermittently cuts out on my dobro. Put in the shop and tech couldn't find anything out of sorts. Bought it home,played for a few days and it cut out. Took it back to shop and they played it, it was fine, then it cut out on them. They checked every thing and could find nothing wrong. Put it back together and it played fine. After a few days it cut out again this morning. Out of frustration I was going to open the guitar up and look, but decided not to. I retuned it, plugged it in and it played fine. Later in the evening I went to play it and the pickup wouldn't respond. Again I loosened the strings and retuned. It played fine again. Wondering if possibly the bond between the ebony cap and maple inserts could be bad. I wrote to Fishman about this, but was wondering if anyone on here has had a similar problem. Thanks.
If the entire pickup quits check the common points between the 2 halves, where the grounds/hots are bonded and at the output jack. Depending on how the installer installed the pickup, check the ground point with the output jack's ground with an ohmmeter. That should provide a clue.
If there is a fail on a single insert, the other will still work.
Assuming a spider bridge guitar.
Edited by - hlpdobro on 09/22/2023 07:32:17
Thanks. Fishman said basically the same thing.
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