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My 96 MIM started making a lot extra noise.
If I touched one of the screws for the selector or a metal part on my ME-50, it would go away.
I took the pick guard off today and noticed a wire from the volume pot was hanging loose. It seemed odd that it did not appear to be stripped as there were no bare wires showing.
I did try and solder it to what I thought was the correct location on the selector but it kills the bottom 2 positions and there's no sound.
Here's a pic with the wire unsoldered.
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That is not a MIM Standard pickguard, is it a Classic Series 50s or 60s? Those are Alnico pickups, and match the ones on my Classic Series 60s.

I believe that wire is your ground point to your trem claw.
 

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Hmmm. I've owned the guitar since new. There is a possibility that the guitar tech I took it to years ago swapped the original out... maybe. I know I didn't pay much more that $120 to have it set up at the time.
How can I identify the pickups? They only have a number - 016730
I had the trem blocked at that time as well.
 

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Give me a shot of the front and back of the headstock.

Hmm, just check my photos of my Classic 60s. The wiring doesn't match.



However, it does match my American Standard! I knew I recognized it. You've got Alnico V American Standard pickups in that.

 

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I found the end where it broke off. My eyes are not so great so I grabbed a magnifying glass and found where it was originally soldered.
I really need to practice my soldering skills :)
Thanks for the help!
 
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