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what to do with this...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by SmellKellHell, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. supplies:
    2x - 500K pots
    1 - standard split p pup
    1 - standard j pup
    1 - .100uF capacitor

    First off, I'm extremely new to wiring. Able to solder once I know what goes where. I've found a few diagrams with these specific supplies, each one slightly different. There are a lot of combination possibilities for wiring setups. So I'm wondering...

    - what are the differences between going to the volume vs the tone pot first off the pickup?

    - I know the capacitor is used with a pot for tone control. But again, how does where it is placed, affect it?

    What combination would you do? examples like these;
    - 2 pups, 2 volume, ... cap?
    - 2 pups, 1 volume, 1 tone
    - 1 pup, 1 volume
    - 1 pup, 1 volume, 1 tone
    Or something else?
  2. SnakeKappele


    Sep 20, 2010
  3. That's what I would do as well, but with a 0.047uF.

    The thing is, he only has two pots, so I would just do two volumes.
  4. SnakeKappele


    Sep 20, 2010
    Missed that lack of a tone pot! :meh:

    2 pickups
    2 volumes

    I'd hate to wire a bass solely on what parts I already have! :rollno:
  5. Ok thanks the info so far... After talking with a buddy,
    we decided it seems easy and decent enough to go with a simple 2 pup + 2 volume setup.

    I modified a diagram for a 2 pup, 2 volume and a switch setup.
    (the closest one I found has different pups, but you get the idea)
    here is a link to the original...

    Each volume totally separate. But both can be on at the same time or one at a time... correct?

    - If not, it will be much appreciated if your corrections/suggestions are clear and easy to understand (beginner with this stuff). Thank you.
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    close, but not quite.

    you need to reverse the pot connections, so that each pickup goes to the middle lug of its volume pot, and the counterclockwise lugs both go to the output jack.

    otherwise, turning one pot down will kill the output of both pickups.

    (also, the bridge volume pot is wrong, in that it has the wrong two lugs connected.)
  7. SnakeKappele


    Sep 20, 2010
    This should do it:
    VV Jazz Wiring.JPG

    I took wiring for a Jazz Bass and removed the tone control.
  8. SnakeKappele


    Sep 20, 2010
    Oops, the parts list doesn't include an output jack.

    Project off! :)
  9. Nonsense!
    Cut the connector off the end of the cable, push it through the jack hole and tie a knot so it won't pull out. (Hmm, that sounded dirty for some reason.:hyper:)

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