I bought a damaged Phred Wolph on deeeeeep discount last year. I like the feel, 24 frets, and headstock design, but the paper-thin veneer top seems cheap, the hardware seems low quality, and the wiring had glitches. I decided to strip the guitar so that I can plane the veneer and install top and bottom of 1/4" wood, install better hardware, and rewire from scratch.
In the interim, I have a Tiger-style guitar that I built a few years ago. It wasn't broken but I decided to "fix" it anyway by adding OBEL and the buffer out of the Phred for full jerrification. I followed Waldo's Tiger wiring diagram to a T (I think), strung it up tonight and plugged in to the output jack (bypassing OBEL). No signal until flipping on OBEL switch -- then got signal from the output jack. But I don't seem to get anything from OBEL jack under either scenario. It dawned on me the defective Phred (from which the buffer but nothing else was taken) suffered the same problem.
What are the chances that the generic Phred buffer is defective and I just need to break down and buy a Waldo buffer?
Or does this problem sound familiar to a skilled electronics guy? Thanks! -Brett