Epiphone Les Paul Bass Pickups and Pots

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by The_Phoenician, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. The_Phoenician


    May 5, 2012
    I just bought a pair of Les Paul bass pickups with a wiring harness from riceage guitars on ebay, and I'm a bit confused, as each pickup has only one wire. The harness, though, is already wired- here's a picture: http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages...16,546970027,546970042&formats=0,0,0&format=0

    I was thinking that I could just solder the one wire onto each volume pot based on its color (neck is red, bridge is black), but before I do, I want to make sure if that's all I have to do, or if there's something else.
  2. Just solder the pickups to the volume pots.
  3. The_Phoenician


    May 5, 2012
  4. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered Panther Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    Well, not quite. I completely defer to Saint L6M in all things electronic, but I know enough to tell you that a pickup requires two connections to work properly. You need a "hot" connection and a "ground" connection to complete the circuit.

    I'm guessing that your "one wire" is really an insulated hot wire contained within a braided shield, yes? If so, then you'll want to solder the internal hot wire to the tab on the pot, and solder the braided shield to the back of the pot casing (or some other ground point).
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  6. Yeah, you need a hot and a ground, and the ground is the shield around the hot, when you're dealing with single-conductor wire.