Guitars seem to have a funny way sometimes to drive people crazy, it is something we all go through from time to time. A week ago I started playing with my new Fender Telecaster Deluxe 72 reissue and noticed that my bridge pickup was 60% louder than the neck PU. It was weird and it was the first time it had ever happened to me with a guitar.
I adjusted the PU pots and tried to find a way to adjust the overall PU height but the results we bad because the guitar started to sound horrible and I started to do the regular Google research.’
Many people talking about pickups volume differences and giving instructions for testing the pickup electronic values. It was a total waste of time because the readings I was getting were very inaccurate and desoldering and soldering was an option I didn’t want to do given the fact that it is a brand new guitar.
In the end I took it to the store where I bought it and the pickup was changed, the tech guy told me that most of the time the pots lose their magnetic properties due to bad handling of the guitars during transportation or leaving the guitars too close to the amps or magnetic fields.
It is useless to try to fix them yourself because you will lose your warranty once you open the PU. So if you happen to go through the same problems don’t waste too much time and take the guitar to the store where you bought it.
If you got it second hand, take it to a dealer and they might change it at a cost but it is worth the investment and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle.