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P-J Bass series parallel wiring diagram

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

  1. moselle


    Oct 25, 2009
    Hi all,
    New to this forum.
    I have an Ibanez SDGR bass.
    The old PUPs in it weren't good so I replaced them with PJ set of Dimarzios.
    The body has 4 holes like a Les Paul.
    I think I want the normal PJ bass set up (V/V/T) plus a mini toggle for series parallel.
    Any diagrams out there?
    Suggestions welcome.
  2. Just a head's up for you, but this should probably go to the pickups thread--if I remember correctly, I don't think Hardware, Setup and Repair addresses electronics...

    That being said, there's a TB member by the name of line6man that can probably answer your diagram question, he's helped me out many many times with diagrams, and his info is rock-solid. He's a brilliant person.

    Also, there a topic called "Favorite PJ bass wiring" that's been a big help to me.

    Apologies for not answering your question directly, but hopefully this'll help!

    Best wishes,

  3. Yep, that's me.

    I can draw you a diagram if necessary, however, you could use this Jazz bass diagram from Seymour Duncan if you look at the switch part of the push/pull pot as a mini toggle instead. The way that diagram is drawn, it should be fairly easy to visually separate the pot from the switch.
    The P pickup will take the place of the neck J pickup in the diagram. It should be wired the same way.

  4. moselle


    Oct 25, 2009
    I'll go from that SD drawing.
    Thanks alot.
  5. moselle


    Oct 25, 2009
    Tried it.
    Buzz central.
    I must have something wrong.
    These pups have 4 wires each (green, red, black, white)
    I tried it with the red (+) and green (-) .
    The black and white wires tied together.
    Should I be using the black and white?
  6. For DiMarzio pickups,

    Red is the pickup hot.
    Green is the ground.
    Black and White go together.
  7. moselle


    Oct 25, 2009

    I am going direct into a laptop via a USB interface.
    Neither has a ground on the AC line.
    I think that is my problem.
    Any ideas?
    Find a screw on the USB device chassis and ground it?
  8. moselle


    Oct 25, 2009
    Wrong about that too after plugging it into an amp.
    I guess these just are buzzy PUPs.
    Too bad.
    I have shielded all my guitars with great success.
    The only way I can seems to get rid of some of the buzz after trying most every combo of wiring is to wire it red+white=hot and black+green=ground
    Sucks it's still not very quiet.
  9. Steveaux

    Steveaux Safe-Guardian of the Stoopid

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
    I have five basses with DiMarzios. All are silent. Keep trying.

    Edit: Did you ground the switch body?
  10. For the DiMarzio color code, that would be parallel wiring.
    Both series and parallel wiring are humcancelling.
  11. moselle


    Oct 25, 2009
    Yes, I had everything hooked up correctly at one point.
    As of now, I took everything out of the cavity.
    I have the pups directly hooked to the amp.
    I bypassed the jack too just to try.
    I shielded the cavity with aluminum tape.(same as all my guitars)
    Can't really think what else it could be.
    I do have an electric fence around the perimeter of my yard but I doubt it could be that.
    I'll take a reading with my multimeter but I don't know what other clues I can get besides ohms.
  12. moselle


    Oct 25, 2009
    Think I got it.
    Shielded under the PUPs.

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