Help me wire this humbucker

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Nate Dawg, Jan 31, 2003.

  1. Nate Dawg

    Nate Dawg

    Apr 8, 2000
    Denver, CO
    Here's what I got:

    Here's the wires that come out of it:


    I'm trying to wire it into a bass with a P style pickup also, so I'll have this pot setup:
    1) P volume
    2) Humbucker volume
    3) tone

    I've got the P wired up, no problem. However, I can't identify the wires on the humbucker because I can't get the plastic cover off the pickup without breaking it.

    Here's the diagram I've been following, but it's using wires from a J pickup where I want the humbucker to be:
    Wiring diagram (PDF)

    Any ideas as to what wire goes where? Is there a way I can figure it out with a multimeter or something?
    Also, do I need to solder the shielding wires to the ground wire (whichever one that is)? I think that's how it was hooked up before but I can't remember.
  2. black and white are normally a pair
    red and green are normally a pair
    your blue could be the opposite end of the white
    and the red the opposite end of the ground
    this looks like a MM
    so check the ohms from each wire to ground
    the parallel wiring resistance will be 4x more than the series
    join the red and white and measure blue to ground
    measure red to ground
    measure white to ground
    any pair which are the same are the single coils
    you may have to juxtaposition the join pair as blue and red to confirm
    its a trial and error operation
    and keep note of your readings
    the coils will be contra wound and opposite polarity and take care of hum anyway so wiring up is not a problem except in conjunction with the P
    if you get phase cancellation just reverse the wiring philosophy on the humbucker
    have fun
  3. after a bit off thought
    treat the red as hot
    treat the blue as hot
    treat the white as the blues ground
    and the shield as the red ground....
    the coils buck hum in series or parallel
    parallel is the normal way to wire a MM

    blue hot
    red to white

    blue hot
    red hot
    white ground

    and do feed back friend because i am learning at the same rate you are.
  4. Nate Dawg

    Nate Dawg

    Apr 8, 2000
    Denver, CO
    thanks, I'll try that :)
  5. just made a little edit to the series wiring
    remembering s-d's convention
    red to white
    blue hot
    shield ground
    see i dont really know but that is what i would do:rolleyes:
  6. Nate Dawg

    Nate Dawg

    Apr 8, 2000
    Denver, CO
    I wired it up in parallel as you described. I'm pretty sure that's how it was wired before. It sounds great.

    Thanks for your help.
  7. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    You have it backwards. Series will be 4x greater than parallel.
  8. thanks you are right..
    apologies to nate dawg..