Ok, I now have the darn thing playing. For those who don't remember (care) I finished this two days ago and it did not play.
To make a long story short I could get no sound. After 1845 minutes of frustration I disassembled the entire pre-wired pre-screwed up pickup, pots and output jack assembly. I ended up with 2 pots, a capacitor, a pickup, an output jack and a bunch of loose wire roughly in the shape of a hairball a cat just hacked up. I was having fun.
First, the pickup was defective. I bought a new high dollar ($12) single coil at my local music store. I then brought out my supply of master electrician type door bell wire and rewired the parts with my soldering iron set at heavy stun. I re-installed everything and it now makes noise. What a deal. I wonder if they have classes in reading electronic schematics in China. I doubt it.
Anyway, it works. Below are a few pictures just to prove I did it. It is not as nice I had hoped for but a lot better than I expected. Number 2 should go much better and with fewer goofs. Also much lighter. This thing is a little tub. I overbuilt it just a wee bit. It weighs as much as my Breedlove.
Thanks for allowing me to peruse and steal info and ideas from here. I could not have done this without the help I found from you guys.
Sorry to hear you had a hard time with one of our pickups. You an always contact us directly if you get something from us that doesn't work and we'll do our best to work through it!
Hey , that turned out nice!
Only 30 3/4 hours to fix it? You may have set a new record for a SNAFU fix. Nothing succeeds like success. Keep at it, you are hooked now.