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Lakland DJ5 P/J setup and an East DJ Retro

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by nervous, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. nervous

    nervous Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Beautiful Central, NY
    I have a quick question regarding my Lakland DJ5 with an East DJ Retro in which I am trying to go from the normal J/J configuration to a P/J configuration. The DJ Retro in conjunction with the stock Lakland/Hanson pickups works just beautifully and I wish I could leave well enough alone. And perhaps after this last attempt to go P/J I will.

    Tonight I installed a set of Nordstrand NP5 pickups in the P position and the issue I am having is that it seems with the blend pot either full P or full J I have the correct output. What is odd is that when I pan from center to bridge J there is a significant dropping out or 'choking' if you will of the output from just off center to almost full bridge where the output then comes back. Not at all the way it worked in the J/J setup.

    Both pickups are wired white + and black - . Is it a possible phase issue? I will try switching one of them by reversing their colors at the board connection. Which one would be preferred I don't know. I guess it's easy enough to try both but I hope it would do no damage to the pre. I had read somewhere previously that some Laklands came wired with one pickup reversed wired, perhaps for this reason?

  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I'll bet if you swap the black and white wires on just one of the pickups, you'll be good to go. Sometimes different manufacturers build them opposite.
  3. nervous

    nervous Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Beautiful Central, NY

    Yup. I did and it did. Happy to say. Swapped the NP5. Thank you