Wiring Question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Ardis, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. Ardis

    Ardis Member

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    I have a question regarding wiring the tone capacitor on a single-humbucker guitar. On some guitars I see the capacitor wired to both the volume pot and the tone pot and on others I see it wired just to the tone pot. Is there a difference between these two wiring schemes? Is one more correct than the other?

    Thanks as always.
     
  2. Jim Collins

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    The tone circuit requires a capacitor and a resistor (the pot) in series. It doesn't matter which comes first, as long as they are both there. The basic idea is for the tone circuit to send some of the signal to ground. In the two schemes you describe, the resistor/capacitor pair are in different orders, but the output still goes to ground.
     
  3. Ardis

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    Thanks a million, Jim. So does this mean that there's in effect no difference between the two schemes?

    By the way, I see that you live in Pleasanton. I live in the Bay Area, too (Cupertino). Do you by any chance know of any reliable and trustworthy guitar techs in the area? I've used Gary Brawer's shop in San Francisco--but I find them hit or miss.

    Thanks again.

    Mike
     
  4. Jim Collins

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    I have never heard an audible difference between the two schemes. I have wired Telecasters both ways.

    I work in Cupertino. The place I have used for such things as fret jobs is Mark's Guitar Repair, in Campbell. His work has always been top notch, and I recommend him highly.
     
  5. Ardis

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    I've heard of Mark's Guitar Repair. It's great to have confirmation of his reliability. I'll definitely look him up.

    Thanks again. Your rock!
     

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