Jazz bass wiring? Dual Tone?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by GorbiE202, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. GorbiE202


    May 20, 2012
    Hi guys,

    I've been messing with some ideas on what i want to try in my next build.

    Currently I'm trying to figure out if this is possible in the way i want it to work, However you guys are far more knowledgeable than me, So i'd like to ask you guys if it work/wouldn't work, How to perhaps make it work etc.

    What i want to do is wire up a jazz bass with the pickups in parrallel.


    With the wires from the pickups going to their tone first, Then to the volume.

    What i hope to get with this is the ability to shape the tone of each pickup independently, solo or at the same time.

    See attached wiring diagram for how i think id do it.
    Please advise.
  2. Early Jazz basses had two tones. The problem with the setup is that you must accept one of two compromises. Either the controls will interact, and not be independent, or you can isolate the signal paths with resistors, and lose output. Some people still like VVTT setups, but there is a reason they are very uncommon.
  3. Jazz bass pickups are already in parallel, I think. I love the old stack-knob Jazz Basses, but as line6man said, you will lose output with the isolating resistors. Small price to pay if you ask me - just turn up the amp.