Wiring question...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by cyguitar, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. cyguitar

    cyguitar Member

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    I'm wiring up a bass, two pickups, one volume, one tone, and a three way toggle switch. Should I solder the cap to the back of the tone pot like in this diagram?[​IMG]
    Or can I connect one leg of the cap to the tone pot, and the other leg to the volume? There would be no need to use a separate wire to connect from the volume to the tone. Kind of like in a typical LP/SG type wiring. Are there any differences in sound or functionality in one vs the other?
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    all that matters is which lug of the volume pot gets the tone circuit, however you wire that up.

    tone attached to the clockwise lug with the pickups = "modern", with the volume and tone knobs each acting normally in all settings

    tone attached to the center lug with the output = "50s", with interactive pots that change what they do depending on how the other one is set
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    also, you're gonna want a linear volume and an audio tone for each pot to work best for bass.
     
  4. cyguitar

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    I didn't know that. I have two Audio taper pots. Doesn't Fender use Audio taper pots on their basses?
     
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  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    yep, and you'll find that the volume drops off really quickly from 10 on them.

    through a typical clean bass amp tone, linear volumes will be much more even.

    (with guitars into overdrive, it's the opposite; linears do nothing until they're almost all the way down, while audios "clean up" evenly.)
     

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