Help me rewire my Smith from parallel to series

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  1. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

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    Hey all. I just got a Ken Smith 6 string and I want to wire the pickups from parallel to series. Here's a picture of the back of the pickups. What do I have to change to run these in series? Thanks.

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  2. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    For what I can see, you should connect the black wire at the far left lug and bridge (wire) the two middle one together. The red stay the same. Disconnect the white wire going between the right lug (red) and the second left one.
    Hope it make sense!

    Mo'
  3. emjazz

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    I'll try that later today Mo. Thanks!
  4. Nick Bassman

    Nick Bassman Supporting Member

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    Hi emjazz

    Doesn't your Smith have the series/parallel switches on it ?

    Cheers

    Nick
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  6. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

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    No. It's an older bass from I believe '91.
  7. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

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    For anyone who wants the info, the correct wiring is to connect pole 1 and 4 together and to then put +/- to poles 2/3. Exactly the same must be done to both pickups to ensure they're in phase with each other. Thank you Ken Smith for the info.

    I highly reccomend this change to anyone who has an older Smith without the parallel/series switches.
  8. emjazz

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    Here are two sound clips to show the difference of a Ken Smith wired in parallel and series.

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  9. Sean Baumann

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    must..own...more..ken..smith..basses.

    I like the parallel better, but I can definitely see a place for series.
  10. emjazz

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    Yup, the parallel is definately the "Smith sound". Very cool indeed. Actually, it's the first bass I've played where I like the parallel sound. If I keep this bass for a while I may end up having the push/pull knob switched to a parallel/series switch.
  11. Sean Baumann

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    Very cool idea. Let us know how it goes..
  12. RyreInc

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    I believe that would either put them out of phase or not work at all. Lug 3 isn't connected to anything?

    I think it goes black wire on lug 1, lugs 2 and 3 connected together with the white wire, and lug 4 connects the red wire.
  13. maurilio

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    It should work either way (Ken and mine) as long you do the same for both pups....
    As always.... I could be wrong :smug:

    Mo'
  14. DavidRavenMoon

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    From left to right, the first two white wires are the first coil, and the next two wires are the second coil. You can see that the start of the first coil is connected to the start of the second coil, and so on.

    So all the lugs are connected.

    You want the start from the first coil to go to ground, the finish from the first coil to go to the start of the second coil, and the finish from the second coil to output.

    Personally I don't care for the sound of a parallel wired humbuckers.
  15. emjazz

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    I'm quoting myself so you can all see that what I meant by + and - was the red wire (+) and the black wire (-). This is the way that Ken Smith told me to do it and it.

    Edit: I just noticed that I typed it wrong....fixed.

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