Wiring 1 single coil bass pickup...HELP!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bassman519, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. bassman519


    Jun 22, 2003
    I'm in the process of wiring in my bass project. I have one single coil pickup and need to find out how to wire it to 1 vol. and 1 tone control. The pickup has 3 wires, red, white and blue. I'm probably going to replace the potentiometers. What should I get for the the tone one? The volume one?

    If anyone knows where I can find the schematics let me know.

  2. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    What brand is the pickup? Is it an active pickup? Does it also have a ground/sheild wire in addition to the three wires you list below?

    Typically, single coil passive pickups use a 250K pot, while double coil or humbucking passive pickups use a 500K pot.

    It would help if I knew the brand of the pickup you have, or contact the mfg of the pickup to see if they have schematics for it.

  3. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    Sounds active :oops: Red and white are probably the hot and ground, blue goes to battery (I guess). If you have an ohm meter, test the red and white and see if you get a circuit.