Installing pickups w/1 wire

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JazzDude, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. This is on a guitar - I have an SD '59 humbucker that has only 1 wire. The sheath is braided and appears to be conductive, and there's a single stranded wire inside.

    Does anyone know how to install these? Are you supposed to ground the braid or something like that?

  2. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Yup, braided shield goes to ground.
  3. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Usually the braid gets soldered to the back of the volume control with just enough center conductor sticking out to reach the solder terminal on the control.

    When doing that, be careful not to over heat the shield and have it melt through the hot lead's insulation potentially causing a short.