Re-installing my single coil bass pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassman519, Jun 22, 2003.

  1. bassman519


    Jun 22, 2003
    I recently got a used custom bass from a friend. It is very similar to the Fender “Sting” signature bass. It has one single coil pickup and 2 nobs (one for volume, one for tone) Sadly, none of it was wired and I need some help figuring out how to do it.

    Attached is a picture of the pickup. As you can see, there is a red wire, a white wire, and a blue wire. How should these be wired through the controls to the cord input jack? (diagram(s)/schematics preferred)

    Also, I plan to replace the two potentiometers for vol. & tone. What levels should the pots that I replace them with run at?

    That’s all the questions for now.
    Thanks for your time,
  2. tyson


    Feb 9, 2000
    Dallas, TX
    250k pots
    .05uf capacitor
    i'm not sure why your pickup has 3 wires coming from it...maybe one is a goofy ground wire....
    perhaps upgrade and get a more standard Seymour Duncan single coil pickup... i think they have 3 models.
  3. I never try to mess with that stuff. I think investing $25 for a pro install would be wise.
  4. bpresource


    Jul 11, 2003
    there might be a wiring diagram of some help at

    should wire the same as a p bass.

    early tele guitar pickups had a seperate ground wire. that might be your 3rd wire.