Regardless of how those shorts got there, you've got to think that a guy who'd charge a fee to assemble the board would've noticed them.
Reminds me of a repair job I did recently on one of those Floyd Rose guitars, customer brought it in for having "intermittent cutting out" and "crackeling" noises which turned out to be some bad wire connections one of which was a loose thread grounding-out the Jack/Plug, the other is with a mis-connected treble bleed, here's the pics:
(the treble-bleed parts wer not actually soldered, just touching each other and making periodic contact)
The FR guitar was one of the last ones assembled in Redmond before they too the operation off-shore.
I see shit like that all the time. Guys will bring in guitars that supposedly worked everyday for years and I'll find that no one bothered to solder the PU leads to the center lugs of the pots. The just stuff the wire through the hole and call it good and that's from the factory. Don't get me started on diy soldering jobs..
Just thought I'd post one last time regarding the gaussmeter. Just got back from Elepro, and is working, he refused to charge me for his time, thank you. And thanks to Redhouse, for putting this thing together, and all that helped me figure this out. I've learned so much from all of you and it is really nice to have guys like you out there.
Elpro, what did the problem turn out to be?
It was a couple sloppy solder joints that my guy did, a couple of the pads were bridged together with solder.
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