Charvel Model 5fx Sounds Thin

Keith Bell

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Recently had my Charvel setup and gone over and it's tuned to standard E tuning with .009 to .040 guage strings and had the gold Floyd Rose Original that was taken out of it years ago put back in and the EMG-85 that was in the bridge position swapped out for the old EMG-81 that came in the guitar when I got it for a Christmas gift from my parents years ago. In the neck is a slant EMG single coil in the neck (don't know if it's an SA or S?) and it's been in the guitar since I got it, LSR roller nut and the behind the nut Kahler locking nut.
Well last night me and my other guitarist and the drummer got together at our practice spot and was running through some songs and the Charvel is extremely bright sounding and doesn't have any punch, clarity or definition to it and when I plug it in the gain loss is significant... I also hooked u to other guitars as well: Ibanez JEM Blue Foral, my single hum partscaster with Seymour Duncan JB and my Gibson les paul special with Dimarzio P9 Super Distortion in the bridge.
I was using a Blackstar HT40 Club 40 watt 1x12 combo with the matching Blackstar HTV112 Cab and both the combo and cab have the Celestion 70/80 speakers in them, Gigitec RP360XP through the effects loop for effects only and volume pedal on it set for solo boos and also and my Maxon OD808 through the front of the amp. My other guitarist is using a Marshall DSL40CR combo through a vintage Marshall vertical 2x12 cab.

I have no idea what's wrong with my Charvel??!!
 

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So you are saying your other guitars sounded right thru the rig? Is there a coil tap switch you may have left on?
 

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Also I would check the jack--it's been humid, could be some corrosion interfering with your contacts
 

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Check the jack, otherwise it's either 1) during the setup they fat fingered some of the pickup wiring or 2) the bridge/PU swap f'ed up the guitar. You say the neck PU is the same, does that sound shitty as well now too?
 

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Check the jack, otherwise it's either 1) during the setup they fat fingered some of the pickup wiring or 2) the bridge/PU swap f'ed up the guitar. You say the neck PU is the same, does that sound shitty as well now too?
Yea in any of the 3 positions it just sounds really thin sounding, no body or nothing :(
 

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Pics, Keith. We gotta have pics. All of them.

Could be a dozen things. Uhm.. wild guess: check the neck to see if it's too straight? This time of year necks swell and back-bow, bringing the strings closer to the frets. If the action's too low, any guitar can sound thin. If this is your case, then you would need to loosen the truss rod. (Do not change the action height at the bridge).
 

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