RESULTS OF PLAYING / TESTING THIS STEEL:
My rewiring of the pickup coil was to correct a bad connection I searched for because one of the two coils were found to be weak when previously playing the Steel; Although I also suspected that the weakness was due to this model Valco Steel having only 1 pickup magnet instead of 2 like most other models.
But upon playing & testing the Steel, the same pickup coil was still weak even with a second original magnet installed in the pickup.
So I did some networking to find an original schematic for the Steel's wiring; Which showed that the Steel is not wired like it was from the factory; It's pickups were wired in parallel rather than factory series. But wired in parallel should have worked although more electronically / tone dynamic in response, and very slightly weaker in output for both coils equally. More testing would have to be done to find out why one coil was weaker than the other, particularly at one string pole of the weaker coil (which is symptomatic of a short in the weak coil that was eventually found, as shown in subsequent pages here).
I will also do some more advanced tests of the electronics, and of the magnets to see if they need a stronger recharge.
If the coil is bad I will replace it with a good original coil.
All of this will require re-disassembly, troubleshooting, fixing and reassembly of the electronics assembly. But this time it will go much faster than the previous disassembly and repairs, because I have already recently been through this Steel's electronics assembly and now won't have to go so meticulously slow studying, making notes and documenting for reassembly. I will start the disassembly Monday evening 12-1-08.
Shown below is the CORRECT wiring in both a tech schematic and a layman wiring diagram schematic, along with some info about same:
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This El Grande was miswired in it's past; Apparantly by a hobbyist trying to get a humbucking configuration from the pickup coils; But it could be just a bad wiring job. In any event, I will rewire it to the schematic below that is correct.
I will add additional text and pictures as the disassembly, testing and rewiring progresses.
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