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First pickup swap/upgrade: Advice required!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Yok, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Yok


    Oct 14, 2011
    Sydney, AU
    Hey anyone, I have loaded a heavy project on my inexperienced shoulders and I know this is the best place to come for whatever information I may need.

    I bought these pickups from a mid-80's Ibanez Roadstar II bass to replace the ones that I pulled from my Epiphone Explorer bass (Because they had no balls) which ended up being exactly the same damn shape as the stock ones (!!!) BUT, the kicker is that the Ibanez ones are active.

    It didn't seem too obvious at first, but the Epi pups had the two wires and the Ibby pups have three.
    Even though there is only two tone and 1 vol on the Ibanez it came from, I understand that the tone knobs were push/pull for coil splitting.

    So my question is a conundrum.
    Do I need the original Ibanez wiring harness?
    Can I simply use and/or modify the current stock wiring (t-t-v + 3 selector)?
    Does it HAVE to be activated?
    Can I frankenwire it by adding selectors over knobs?

    This hasn't narrowed it down much, I know...

    Any help will be greatly appreciated and I hope this will lead to eventually having a great sounding and great looking bass to plow through some crowds with!