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Old 05-10-2008, 06:23 PM   #1
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The Definitive Pickup Wiring Thread

Ok, so i decided to start an all new definitive wiring thread, seeing as how there's a whole bunch of all over the place non specific threads out there. Also, i've a bit of an issue with my build.

Before people go posting random shite requests, from my research, one of the best wiring guide sites out there is the seymour duncan one. It's generally not pickup specific, and includes such things as kill switches, bass wirings, trebble bleeds, vintage fender wiring etc. For example, the kill switch diagram on the site, using a DPDT switch, will give you an on/off/on set up, just like that (thanks to tomrulz for pointing that out!)

Seymour Duncan Wiring Site

As for more specific problems, i'll get the ball rolling!!

Basically, i'm going for 2 humbuckers, 1 volume, 1 tone, and a 3 way toggle switch. I got the wiring diagram from the seymour duncan site, but what i'm just wondering is, with a 3 way toggle, does the switch leave you with one position being just neck, the middle swtting as a blend, and the third as just the bridge?
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When only using two pickups though, I prefer having a volume pot for each pickup and no selector; it lets you adjust the blend for more tonal variety.
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Any one know much about series/parallel wiring?
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Here are a few links that are really useful, nearly every conventional wiring diagram you will ever need can be found somewhere on either of these site.

Firstly GuitarElectronics, this site has loads of diagrams that are unusual but very useful for getting plenty of sounds out of a set of pickups, also the mini-switch usage chart is very useful and helpful.

http://www.guitarelectronics.com/cat...iringresources

Secondly GN2, these guys know everything and if you want a guitar with over 100 different combinations this is the place to come. Even if you can't find what you want these guys will make you a scheme and are a very useful bunch.

http://guitarnuts2.proboards45.com/i...i?board=wiring
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Any one know much about series/parallel wiring?
The effect changes based on what it is that you're wiring in series or parallel.
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I was talking more from a wiring point of view rather than a tonal one.
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I was talking more from a wiring point of view rather than a tonal one.
Try the GuitarNutz forum I posted above, this might be what your after anyway.
http://guitarnuts2.proboards45.com/i...ay&thread=3594
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I was talking more from a wiring point of view rather than a tonal one.
I wasn't talking about tone. The relationship between series and parallel circuits reverse depending on whether it's capacitors or resistors in parallel.
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I was talking more from a wiring point of view rather than a tonal one.
You mean the specifics of wiring for series/par switching - what colours go to where etc?
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When only using two pickups though, I prefer having a volume pot for each pickup and no selector; it lets you adjust the blend for more tonal variety.
what about 2 vols, and a 3 way. that way, you could mute a pickup and switch to it, giving various tom morello type sounds!
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what about 2 vols, and a 3 way. that way, you could mute a pickup and switch to it, giving various tom morello type sounds!
Or you could use a killswitch...
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You mean the specifics of wiring for series/par switching - what colours go to where etc?
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