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how to ground...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Kheos, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. Kheos


    Aug 12, 2002
    ... without using the pots.
    when I would paste some sort of metal strip in my bass, would that be a better way of grounding it, instead of wiring the grounds to the pots?
  2. Kheos


    Aug 12, 2002
  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    you could do star grounding, where you ground to a common point in the bass cavity. If you do a search, you'll find a number of very useful threads describing this.
  4. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004

    yeh, you "could" use a metal strip but you'd still need to attach the ground wire from the bridge. Some of the older instruments actually had the controls in a metal container. I've used strips of copper shielding run between pots to eliminate pot to pot ground wires for outboard preamps and it worked fine. The fewer wires the better as far as I'm concerned.

    Forgot to mention, it's a wise move to throw down a small piece of electrical tape beneath the pot terminals. Like a shielded cavity, that strip will not only ground the pots but any lead that touches it.