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Wiring and Tone Tips

For vintage braided lead the braid is ground. Even though I think it is pretty obvious I thought I had better mention it.

I generally use one wiring scheme for 4-conductor lead and here it is, itís the same as Duncan:

 

Bare Wire

Ground - solder to back of the volume pot

Black

Hot - beginning of stud coil

White

Finish of stud coil - solder to red for normal humbucker

Red

Finish of adjustable coil - solder to white for normal humbucker

Green

Ground - beginning of adjustable coil

For the hybrid I generally use this one:

 

Bare Wire

Ground - solder to back of the volume pot

Red

Beginning of 6.5k adj. coil - hot for single coil and 10.5k humbucker

White

Beginning of 4.5k adj. coil - ground for 8.5k humbucker

Green

Common finish for both coils - ground for 6.5k single coil, not used for humbucker mode

Black

Beginning of stud coil - hot for humbucker mode

For the Jekyll and Hyde I use this wiring scheme:

Bare Wire

Ground - solder to the back of the volume pot

Red

Hot for Hyde ( high output) mode

White

Gorund for Hyde mode

Green

Ground for Jekyll ( vintage output) mode

Black

Hot for Jekyll mode

If for any reason I use a different scheme I will include it with the pickup.

Tone Tips

Here are some of the tips I have discovered over time which may be helpful to you. This area will expand as I have time and discover more.

50ís Wiring Particularly for Les Pauls this helps with muddy neck tone and overall tone of the guitar.  Simply connect the cap to the middle lug of the volume pot and make sure the top lug is grounded.  Itís a simple and easily reversible mod that helps a lot. You donít lose as much treble when turning down the volume.

Treble Bleed Circuit This one isnít to everyoneís taste but you might want to try it. Itís a 100k resistor and a .002 capacitor in parallel between the input and output of the volume pot, usually on the neck. Iíve got one on my LP Studio and I like the tone.  The guitar never did have a muddy neck but I like the added brightness in that position.

Celluloid Picks I absolutely love the tone and feel of these.  I notice a real difference between these and plastic picks. They have a silky feel against the strings and a discernible difference in overall tone.  I can hear more harmonic response out of the note.

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