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does bridge need grounding if theres no tone knob.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Chato, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Chato

    Chato Commercial User

    May 2, 2016
    heres the story. i bought a mim precision. electronics were messed up. i had a squier chris aiken pickup harness laying around. but i dont see where the bridge ground would go? it works without it. but i dont want to like get shocked or anything without using a bridge ground. it does have a wire screwed into the shielding. im not really well versed on wiring pickups and such. thanks.
  2. The tone control has nothing whatsoever to do with bridge grounding.

    You can ground a bridge to absolutely ANY ground point, as long as it has a path to ground. It makes no difference whether you ground to a pot, or a jack, or shielding, or anything else. Ground is ground.
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  3. Correctamundo! We want to provide strings and components with a common ground regardless if you have no tone pot or 25 tone pots. That same ground will be presented to one side of the line in signal at your amp and will serve as a reference throughout the amp circuitry.
  4. byacey


    May 16, 2008
    Alberta, Canada
    I've never wanted to like getting a shock with a grounded bridge, an ungrounded bridge, or anything, for that matter.
    Anyway you get it, it's just not pleasant.
    As mentioned, everything that requires grounding should share a common ground. Sometimes it's handy to solder a piece of solid 14 AWG wire across the back of all the pots. This gives you a low impedance ground buss accessible all over inside the pickup cavity.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
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  5. Chato

    Chato Commercial User

    May 2, 2016
    I ended up returning the bass.hopefully the next one has functioning pickups.

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