Pickup Wiring

Discussion in 'Tone Zone' started by DaveInSoCal, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. DaveInSoCal

    DaveInSoCal Well-Known Member

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    Hey all!

    I found this yesterday and thought i would post it for all you modders. I can never remember the color codes between the different pickups.

    Cheers! :cheers:

    humbucker-wire-color-codes.jpg
     
  2. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    I made this a while back.
    Carvin vs Seymour Duncan wiring and how to wire each to a SD Triple Shot.
    Carvin-Wiring-Corrected.jpg
    Carvin polarity is opposite "normal" pickups so that needs to be taken into account when mixing certain aftermarket products.

    Edit: Quick reference for just the wiring.
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  3. DaveInSoCal

    DaveInSoCal Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Raiyn, that's worth hanging on to as well!
     
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  4. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. The different color schemes really threw me for a loop when I tried to coil-split a Fender humbucker with an SD diagram.
     
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  5. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Ouch.
     
  6. DPaulCustom

    DPaulCustom Well-Known Member

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    This is where it REALLY helps to have a multi meter!
     
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    wildeman Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that is essential.
     
  8. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Even a cheapo one from Hazard Fright will do the trick.
     
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  9. BowerR64

    BowerR64 New Member

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    Is there a wiring for the Epiphone burst buckers with quick connect?

    Like if i wanted to put a quick connect pickup into a non quick connect guitar>

    I cut the connector off then what wires are hot, ground and which do i tie together to make a normal humbucker?
     
  10. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    To be honest, I haven't had a quick connect Epi pickup. Also, for full disclosure, I've never had the need (or, in my case, desire) to put an Epiphone pickup into an axe, I've always replaced them or left them based on what was desired by the owner.
    I'm not trying to sound like a gear snob, (on an Epi site :laugh2: ) that's just how things have worked out.

    That said, it seems they follow the Gibson color code.
    I'd suggest double checking it like this.
     
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  11. DPaulCustom

    DPaulCustom Well-Known Member

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    Supposed to be the same as gibson, so tie the green, & white together (series link), & flip a coin. Either red is hot, & black+bare to ground, or Blk is hot, & red+bare to ground.
    Some will say it makes a difference which you choose for hot, but if the coils are closely
    matched, there won't be any discernible difference in tone.
     
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  12. BowerR64

    BowerR64 New Member

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    What i was wanting to do is remove the PB3s because they are a bit to hot for me and remove a set of pro buckers from a traditional pro and put them in something else i was going to trade off.

    The traditional pro has zebras a PB3 in the bridge and im not sure what the neck was but it was a lower output which sounded good but i like the vintage chrome covers over the open coil zebra thing. I was going to cut the quick connects off and put em in a Standard i was going to trade off.

    The standard has a set of 57CH which are lower output and they sound better to me honestly.

    On a side note does anyone know where i can get just the PB2 quick connect Epiphone pickups? Ebay and reverb has the 2/3 PB set but like i said i dont like the PB3 so i dont want to get a set and have to ditch the PB3 Ide prefer a pair of PB2s as a set or a PB2 in the bridge and a CH57 from a standard in the neck
     
  13. AJ6stringsting

    AJ6stringsting Active Member

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    I love the Carvin M22SD, it's basically a better version of a Dimarzio Evolution pickup.
    The M22SD has better bass projection, better upper mids and has very adjustable treble kick, as compared to an EVO.
     
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  14. John

    John Well-Known Member

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    Great info, thanks guys....
     
  15. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    I'm running Carvins in both axes. I truly hope Kiesel continues to make the 11/22 pole design pickups, because they just have that "something" I love.
     
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  16. AJ6stringsting

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    Carvin's M22SD AMD C22's are some of my all time favorites.
    I think that Steve Vai wanted a customized M22SD, so Dimarzio wound one for him.
     
  17. Raiyn

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    I dunno. Considering my S22 J&B set was wound the week they shipped them to me....and I'm not a world-renowned guitar god... I rather think that if Steve *blinkity-blankity* Vai wanted a particular customization for a pickup I'm pretty sure he'd get it. Vai was a Carvin amp guy, that much is certain.
     
  18. AJ6stringsting

    AJ6stringsting Active Member

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    There is similarity between the two pickups. I have four Dimarzio Evolutions and three Carvin M22SD's, both are perfect Hard Rock / Heavy Metal pickups, they sound great when coil tapped or when put out of phase.
     

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