Does This Wiring Look Right to You?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by mellamoyo, Feb 11, 2013.


  1. mellamoyo

    mellamoyo

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    1978 Musicmaster, just purchased.

    I've never done any pickup wiring before...does this look right?

    Thanks!

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  2. line6man

    line6man

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    Looks fine.
  3. mellamoyo

    mellamoyo

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    It buzzes like crazy when I plug it in--is there a way I can ground it better?
  4. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

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    It's not a ground problem. It buzzes like crazy, because it's one single coil pickup.

    EDIT: Wait. Is there a bridge ground? I don't see a bridge ground anywhere.
  5. mellamoyo

    mellamoyo

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    Nope, nothing goes to the bridge
  6. line6man

    line6man

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    Ground the bridge.
  7. mellamoyo

    mellamoyo

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    I'm really new at this--how do I do that? I know one wire ends up touching the bridge, but where does it connect to the electronics in the picture I posted earlier?
  8. line6man

    line6man

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    Any place that is grounded.
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    A potentiometer case.
  10. Cadfael

    Cadfael

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    A Fender Musicmaster Bass, built 1978?

    The Musicmaster was the cheapest Fender bass - an "instrument for beginners" ...

    Maybe it has no wire to the bridge to save a drilling - and costs ...
    The pickup with 6 pole pieces says it all ...

    The wiring itself is okay.

    Has the cavity been shielded (later)?
    The Tone pot is "twisted to the right" and the right contact with the white HOZ cable might touch a (later made) shielding.

    The pickup will surely hum ...
    Don't wear a mobile while playing ...
    Also the angle to the amplifier makes a difference in noise ...

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