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Help (cigar box screw up)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by zackthompson, Jul 28, 2012.


  1. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    I feel like I'm the only one on here that has crazy wiring problems constantly…. hahaha

    I need some expert advice on this.

    I'm making an electric cigar box bass. But, I'm using one single coil Strat style pup (don't judge, its all i have ATM) that has 3 wires coming from the pup. See photo. I have a naked ground, a white, and a red all coming from the pup.

    All I want to do is wire that to a master volume and master tone to an output jack. I tried to wire exactly like a standard p bass wiring diagram suggests, but it didn't work because idk what to do with 3 wires coming from the pup, as p pups only have 2.

    Can anyone help?
     

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  2. skiscem

    skiscem Supporting Member

    Red is +
    White is -
    bare is ground
     
  3. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    So where would I put the + and - in on the electronics?
     
  4. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    "+" and "-" will be wired as per the wiring diagram you're using. The bare should just go to the back of a pot.
     
  5. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    Ok so where would they go in reference to a p bass wiring diagram? (master volume, master tone)
     
  6. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Try this, replacing the "black" with "red" in terms of the pickup lead.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    aren't the two non-ground leads pertaining to switchy-coil-splitty guitar stuff?
    as in, each one would be 1 coil of the pickup
     
  8. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    His pickup is a single coil, so there aren't any tapping options. In any case, to be able to tap coils or switch phasing/series/paralle, you'd need a fourth lead.

    In this case, the third wire is to ground the magnets.
     
  9. Have you got a pic of the finished bass yet? I'm thinking about making one of theses after making a cigar box guitar, how many strings did you go with?
     
  10. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    There is a shield wire in addition to the (-) wire. They both go to ground in this case.
     

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