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Ibanez ATK color coding?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by isher1992, Jul 12, 2013.


  1. isher1992

    isher1992

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    I sent a message to Ibanez customer support, but I'm not expecting an answer from them.

    I found a schematic for the older 90's ATK's, and one of the newer ATK100, but can't find one for the 3EX1 like I have. Also, on the one for the older ATK's, the switching pcb isn't mapped out so I can't tell what wires are what from the pickup.

    I know the "triple coil" pickup is actually a humbucker with a dummy coil, but what wires do what?

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    I also found this:

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    I understand black is a ground, because there's a shield wire as well. I'm guessing red is the hot output from the northmost coil, because it's wired to the switch and then that goes out to the preamp, and according to that diagram of the switch, the neck coil is always on regardless of position.

    Other than that, I can't tell too much what wire is what.
     
  2. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange

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    Just stumbled across this post while I was researching for my own ATK, and as I've just recently rewired my USATK, I've got an answer for you. The color coding is as following:

    EDIT: I was mistaken earlier, as I didn't account for the dummy coil. Here's the correct color code for the older ATK pickup:

    Red=neck coil start
    White=neck coil end & dummy coil start
    Black=bridge coil end & dummy coil end
    Green=bridge coil start
     
  3. isher1992

    isher1992

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    How old is yours? They've changed the pickups according to Ibanez's parts site.
     
  4. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange

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    1995, I believe. I've got another pickup coming in sometime this week - I'll report my findings if the colors are different.
     
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  6. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange

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    Ok, I've been going down the rabbit hole with both my pickups, and I've sorted it out. Here goes:

    Old ATK colors:

    Red=neck coil start
    White=neck coil end & dummy coil start
    Black=bridge coil end & dummy coil end
    Green=bridge coil start

    New ATK colors:

    Red=neck coil start
    White=neck coil end & dummy coil start
    Black=bridge coil end & dummy coil end
    Blue=bridge coil start
     

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