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PJ wiring advice (or going nuts)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pc, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. pc


    Apr 4, 2000
    Montreal QC
    That's the deal:

    I gave up selling my Essex BG80 and my Fender '62 jazz pickup, and I am planning to make it a PJ.

    Which wiring configuration do you think will be the coolest? I am planning to keep the 3 holes on the pickguard, one for the jack and the others to be used by the pots/switches.

    So I have two holes to go nuts :D. That's some ideas I've been thinking:

    pos1: blend
    pos2: tone

    pos1: Pickup selector (a la Les Paul)
    pos2: tone + on-off

    pos1: blend
    pos2: tone + series-parallel

    pos1: blend
    pos2: Ptone + Jtone stacked

    pos1: Pvol + Ptone stacked
    pos2: Jvol + Jtone stacked
    ('62 Jazz Wiring)

    pos1: blend
    pos2: Ptone + Jtone stacked

    I'm not too worried about volume, I use to have it always maxed out.

    Any other configutration that worth trying??? :bassist:
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I like #5. It seems to be the most flexible and offers the most contol over you tonal choices.
  3. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    If you have 2 total holes for pots, I say go:

    1. P volume with a push/pull series/parallel switch for the pickup
    2. J volume/overall tone stack


    kept changing my mind
  4. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004
    Talk about making the most with the least. Think the stacked volume/tone pots would indeed give you maximum control, although not necessarily the best sound. Seems a good starting place though, and if your satisfied enough, the end of the hunt. Hell, with two pots, it's no major task to try them all.

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