Advice on pickup and wiring for a DIY bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by TYLER RYE, Jun 5, 2019.



    Jun 4, 2019
    So I'm in the planning phase of building my own bass, and I'm trying to decide how to wire it up. The setup I'm looking for will have 2 Seymour Duncan lipstick pups (bridge and neck), and a Seymour Duncan Hot Jazz Stack in the middle. I would like to install a passive/active bypass, and I want to install a pickup selector to toggle between the 2 lipsticks, the jazz stack, and all 3 together. I guess my main question is what parts do I need to make this setup work properly? I know the basic things I'll need (active preamp, toggle for the pickup selector, and the pickups themselves), but I'm not sure about the pots and controls I should use, or how many controls will be necessary for 3 pickups. Full disclosure, this will be my first time doing any major work with bass electronics, so any other advice you can give on this will be greatly appreciated :)
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Most preamp packages come with all the appropriate pots included. Get one with an active/passive switch instead of trying to add your own.

    Your primary choice is deciding exactly what pickup switching options you want and figuring out how to make that happen.


    Jun 4, 2019
    Alright, thanks man. Do you have any recommendations on a good quality preamp that would do what I need it to?