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pickup wiring problem (3 wires) HELP PLEASE!!!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by tripwirecartel, May 5, 2006.


  1. tripwirecartel

    tripwirecartel

    May 5, 2006
    hi! i got a set of pickups off ebay. they're off a washburn bass. my problem is that they have 3 wires. there's a black wire and a white wire together, and another separate red wire. i read somewhere that i should connect the pickups using the red wires. i dont know! if anyone can help me that would be great! thanks
    kyle
     
  2. mactac

    mactac Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    i believe that those are active pickups. you need to hook the + terminal of a 9v battery up to the red wire. the - terminal of the battery goes to the ground of the electronics
     
  3. tripwirecartel

    tripwirecartel

    May 5, 2006
  4. mactac

    mactac Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    well, i don't know what to say. a 3rd red wire on a pickup usually means it's active... i mean, thats the only thing a 3rd wire could be used for that i can think of...
     
  5. just checked washburn site and it looks like you have a set of active bartolini customs (i imagine commisioned by washburn) here is a link

    http://www.washburn.com/products/basses/xb.aspx

    sorry thats for the usa model, i did a google for the model and all of them had P/J Pups in not bucker/soapbar types. they look like ok Pups tho but are likely to be active.

    the only advice i can think of is to contact your local washburn dealer and ask for the info on any basses with those Pups in and if the are active get a circuit (not cheap but) to pop inside the bass.

    hope you can get it sorted soon.
     

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