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Need help wiring p bass with push/pull pot!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by tuxedobass09, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. tuxedobass09


    Oct 25, 2009
    It's a stock American P bass, 2005. I have a push/pull switch and I just need to know how it needs to be wired up. I have most wires ready, but the 2 coming from pickups. please a diagram would be awesome. push/pull knob, not s1 switch.
  2. I'd be glad to draw you a diagram, but you didn't explain what you wanted the push/pull to do?

    Series/parallel, killswitch, different capacitor values, what?
  3. tuxedobass09


    Oct 25, 2009
    I don't know what category it falls under, I'd say series/parallel but basically before it seemed as if it only had one pick up with in the off position, and when it was in the on position both pick-ups were on because my tone was much fatter. That's how I believe it was set up, this is my first time re-wiring stuff...
  4. Ok, so the bass has two pickups?

    Sounds like an on/off switch for the bridge pickup maybe?
  5. tuxedobass09


    Oct 25, 2009
    it's a pbass so it has two single coil pickups, all i know is the sound was a huge difference it sounded really trebley when down (on position) and when its up (off position) its really thick and sounds great, i keep it in the off position all the time because i would obviously always want both my pick ups working, but it was a cool feature so i want to try n keep it that way. this is how its looking right now, I'm completey re wiring everything i have 2 wires coming from each pick up (4 total) I just need to know where those go. I have 2 knobs 1 volume and 1 tone. The volume knob is the one with the push/pull. I have the input already wired to the tone and volume pots, mainly just need these pot wired up. any help would be awesome thanks dudes!
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  6. :confused:
    A P bass traditionally has only one pickup.
    Either a split coil pickup in the middle of the bass, or a single coil Tele bass pickup a bit closer to the neck position.
  7. tuxedobass09


    Oct 25, 2009
    its a split pick up in the middle. I thought they were considered two seperate pickups.
  8. tuxedobass09


    Oct 25, 2009
    Traditional p bass pick ups. the bass is 100% stock which is why i can't figure out why there isn't instructionals on how to wire it with this type of pot!
  9. tuxedobass09


    Oct 25, 2009
    I think I got everything wired, I didn't mess with one of the wires coming from the pick up, its going in to the push/pull there are 3 wires left, 1 from the neck pick up, and both from the bridge. I just need to know where these are going on the tone knob, or the volume knob, and I'm done! please reply im checking back waiting to finish
  10. Technically you could consider them as separate pickups, however, they are very rarely configured for single coil operation, as you would only have output on two strings.

    99% of the time, a split coil P bass pickup would be thought of as just one pickup with coils in series.
  11. A push/pull pot is a part, not a configuration.
    It's up to you to determine what you want it to do, whether it be for series/parallel switching, killswitches, selecting capacitor values, active/passive switching, tone control bypasses, or whatever else you have in mind.
  12. tuxedobass09


    Oct 25, 2009
    i honestly don't know how it was set up, just give me a sweet way thatll make my bass sound good i just want it working again haha
  13. How about a killswitch?
    I just drew a diagram for that today in a similar thread:
  14. Did this bass have a S-1 switch? My 2005 had one, which I didn't find all that useful. I left mine in the series configuration 99% of the time. When I switched out the pickups, I also switched out the volume pot for a standard one.

    If you're wanting to maintain the series/parallel switching option, I'm pretty certain that a push-pull will accomplish that. With a four-conductor pickup, it's pretty easy....alas, I don't have that diagram.

  15. He said in the original post that it did not have the S1 switch.
  16. my bad.
  17. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    "stock" 2005 american standard basses did not have push-pull switches.

    the op says that the fatter sound (series) is the one that sounds good. (just about everyone else's opinion too, including mine.)

    i say skip the whole nonsense and wire it up straight p-bass. unnecessary switching is just another avenue for something to break.
  18. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    You'd be saving yourself some trouble at no expense to wire the pickup the regular way (without four leads going to the controls). You need to connect two of the pickup leads (one from each coil) together; that will leave you one lead for hot and one for ground.

    To determine which two to join together look at the coils and how the leads exit. They should be on the right side. Simply connect the two from the top right OR the two from the bottom right of the different coils. It doesn't matter which. 95+% of the time that will work; it only won't work when the coils are wound in opposite directions, which isn't likely. Just twist them together and put some tape over them for testing in case it doesn't sound good.

    That will leave two leads (one from each coil) to connect to the controls, one hot and one ground. Again make temporary connections at first to make sure it works to your liking.

    If all is cool, solder the connections. The push/pull pot could be used to switch caps for tonal flexibility if you want to try that, but it's a waste on the pickup because it gives the option for a sound you probably won't want to use.

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