help!!!! need wiring diagram for washburn abt 10 bass with active pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by kawiokie, Aug 24, 2017.


  1. kawiokie

    kawiokie

    Mar 12, 2017
    hello, ive got a little project going but need a schematic or drawing of the wiring. i dont think it was right when i got it. i bought it body and electronics only. i put a fender fretless bass neck on it and want to finish it up. i stretched everything out to get the intonation right. no luck haunting the internet for one with my circut board. thanks in advance
     
  2. Crater

    Crater

    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    Are they REALLY active pickups, or just passive pickups with a preamp? (much more common, by the way). If there's a circuit board in the bass then it's almost certainly passive pickups with a preamp. I looked up pics of a Washburn ABT online, there's some different configurations but most seem to have two jazz-bass style pickups mounted at an angle. Some models have a Les Paul type of pickup switch and 3 knobs, others appear to have 4 knobs.

    Why not? Some more details would help, and pictures of the circuit board would help too if you plan on re-using it.

    There's really only a couple of standard ways to wire up a two pickup bass, it just depends on what controls & features you're looking for.
     
  3. SP_EB4L

    SP_EB4L Supporting Member

    Here is what you need but it depend of your preamp model.
     

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  4. SP_EB4L

    SP_EB4L Supporting Member

    Oups! I was thinking it was an AB bass for the Force ABT with the two jazz it's this one, it's for the XS-6 but the Force ABT, the Axxess and the Mercury series share the same electronics and the XS-6 had two Jazz pups like the Force ABT B10 and B20
     

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  5. kawiokie

    kawiokie

    Mar 12, 2017
    good morning. thank you for the help. especially explaining the pickup not being active. after whining on here i put on my big boy pants and actually found a politically correct diagram. i am going to try to download it on here to add to all the help schematics you so generously sent. its in Hungarian but the pics were great. it got everything working. i just need to ground my bridge now. ill post a pic of the bass on here for you to wonder what this guy is doing lol. thanks again.
     

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  6. kawiokie

    kawiokie

    Mar 12, 2017
    here is a pic. the body work isnt done yet. im debating on cutting the headstock to resemble a traditional washburn headstock
     

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  7. claw

    claw

    Nov 30, 2012
    Oxfordshire UK
    Hi

    I hope you can help me: I was given a Washburn ABT Force B10 with a badly broken neck (very badly) that cannot be repaired, and there are no replacement necks available. Just found your post and would like to ask you if the fender bass neck fits well in the Washburn body? Did you have to do any modifications?

    I'll appreciate your advice

    cheers

    Claw
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2018
  8. Tek

    Tek

    Jan 24, 2020
    Thanks for posting these as I am rewiring a Washburn that has a "Equis Gold". It has a XLR and a 1/4" output. After I opened mine up I knew it had to be incorrect and that was how I came here. After looking at the diagram I am wondering if they used a "switched" 1/4" out? It does not say it does but it does show three places to connect wires and one is where the ground has a lead from the XLR 1 pin to the "ground" on what I have looked up as a "Switched" 1/4" out. I know this may be obvious but being as this is old and often people or companies find ways to keep costs down.. for me just wanting to make sure I get it right. SO, if perhaps anyone from when this was posted might have worked on a guitar or bass guitar that has the xlr and 1/4" outs that also have to break the circuit to a battery I would appreciate the input. I am light years from where I was on this yesterday and I have been using this one for so long I cant tell you how long it has been....just never questioned it till now and boy is it amazing I get sound from it. thx
     
  9. Crater

    Crater

    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    The switched 1/4" output jack is typically used on active basses. The negative terminal from the battery clip goes to the "ring" terminal. When a standard (mono) instrument cable is plugged into the output jack, the plug's sleeves makes the connection from the battery negative terminal to ground, completing the circuit. This keeps the preamp battery from draining when there's no cord plugged in.
     
  10. Tek

    Tek

    Jan 24, 2020
    yes, so when I ask for the Switched jack I believe I want the one that is closed until you put the cord in and that is also a 3 contact jack in the diagram. I looked at some of my other guitars but a lot of them use a closed housing and I can't see it that well to compare. I might look at my Peavey Bass.. it has active pups in it and those batteries last forever. so it seems I have to figure out whether I am asking for one that is open or closed when not in use... I know there is a standard but I just do this for myself when the need arises. Thanks for the fast response!
     
  11. Tek

    Tek

    Jan 24, 2020
    OK, so I opened up the Peavey and it has the "open" chassis stye with three terminals and it is a open when not used and has two contacts instead of the one and a ring and when the cord goes in it completes the circuit to the battery. I am betting this is what I want and the "closed" circuit is used on amplifiers where you see the effects insert. Well, if i can find one today I will know for sure. I am pretty sure that the XLR works without a special switch simply because it has three terminals and it is easier to break the connection till you plug in to that one. So I am hoping my logic is logical and thanks for letting me join your group.
     
  12. Crater

    Crater

    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    Practically ALL active basses just use a "stereo" output jack, also known as a "TRS" jack (for Tip, Ring, Sleeve). I think Music Man basses use a more complex jack where there's a separate set of contacts that are pushed together when a plug is inserted into the jack, but those have more than 3 terminals.

    Open style output jack:
    Switchcraft Output Jack | stewmac.com

    Barrel type output jack:
    Flush-mount Output Jack | stewmac.com
     
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