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Bass build

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Gary chivers, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. Gary chivers

    Gary chivers

    May 27, 2015
    can anyone help with how to wire these passive pickups. How many pots ect. A diagram would be very welcome.

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  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    There are a lot of ways these pickups could be wired. It all depends on what you want out of them. I assume (???) that you want to use all three on the bass. If so do you want individual volume controls for each? Individual tone controls for each? Do you want a pickup selector switch? If so do you want positions for each pickup solo, and a position for each possible combination? That's seven possibilities for the switching. So you need to decide what functionality you want before anyone can supply a wiring diagram.

    Also be aware that balancing those pickups will be quite a challenge. Noise will also be an issue.
  3. Thats gonna be awesome.
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  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Choose two and leave one out. I have found that basses with too many pickups are just too busy and never sound that great.
    Geri O and lz4005 like this.
  5. Gary chivers

    Gary chivers

    May 27, 2015
    So how would you do it. You sound like you Know What yr talking about. I would be very grateful for your input.
  6. djddanman


    May 2, 2018
    A 7-way selector with a master volume will let you quickly change which pickups you are using, but 3 volume pots will let you mix in different ratios than 50/50 or 33/33/33. I'd say it depends on whether you want to change pickups during a song. To help keep things simple I'd probably go with 1 master tone (I've never wanted to use different tones settings on my PJ).
  7. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    I wouldn't do it at all. To me it's a horrid combination of pickups. Like putting a convertible top and a two-barrel carburetor on a monster pickup truck.
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  8. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    My kind of answer.

    I wouldn't either.

    OP: This is why you shouldn't ask other people to make decisions for you.

    There are literally hundreds of ways to wire 3 pickups (with a total of 5 coils) when you take series/parallel and phase relationships into consideration. Not to mention the potential for Sheehan style separate outputs.

    Figure out exactly what configuration you want, then ask for help in achieving that end.
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