Pickup Wiring Guru's? Please Help

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by realdealblues, May 26, 2015.

  1. realdealblues

    realdealblues Supporting Member

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    So I wired up some Dimarzio pickups this weekend. I'm using 2 Cruiser's and an AT-1 basically making a Fat Strat.

    After reading several comments and talking to a few people most people seem to be recommending running the 4th position (or 2nd depending on how you look at it) Bridge (Parallel) + Middle rather than splitting the bridge so that you can still get noise cancelling. I've never tried this so I figured I would try it. So, I found this diagram on Dimarzio's Website:

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    I tried it and it sounds like total crap in that Bridge (Parallel) + Middle position.

    I started reading the instructions that came with the pickups and what the wire colors are connected to and it seems like this diagram is completely wrong.

    The sheet says for Parallel (Position 4)...Red and White are tied together and are Hot to the volume Black, Green and the Plain Wire or Drain wire are all Grounded

    In Standard Humbucking Series Wiring Position 5 by itself, it needs to be wired as such....

    Black And White are shorted or tied together Red is Hot to the Volume and tone controls Green and the Drain wire are grounded

    I have color coded what is happening on the switch in each if the 5 positions. On the left side of the Super Switch the Red and White wires are tied together in position 4, while taking the Black wire to ground and joining White and Red to position 4 on the right side of the switch...plus the middle pickup.

    In position 5 on the left, the Black and White wires are being tied together with the switch jumper and the Red wire is hot to position 5 on the right side of the switch. The Green and Drain are already grounded.

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    Does anyone think that seems right and that the other was wrong?
     
  2. realdealblues

    realdealblues Supporting Member

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    Well I ended up trying some stuff and my new wiring works fantastic. If anyone is doing an HSS Strat style setup with Hum-Cancelling Pickups I'd recommend this wiring. Sounds great and has no noise. Here's my final diagram in case anyone ever finds this post or is interested.

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