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Wiring my Jaguar Bass project...

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

  1. Hey, well, this has been a long time coming but my Jaguar refinish is on its way to completion. My plan is to toss the preamp and wire it passively. However, I'm adding a Rickenbacker HB1 (humbucker) between a set of Dimarzio Model Js. I want to set it up so the three switches are neck/middle/bridge on-off, and the former active/passive switch becomes the series/parallel.

    Here goes, forgive me.

    -Setting up all three pickups so they can be switched between series/parallel...wait, can this/would I even want this done? Won't the J pups sound better parallel and the HB1 series? Would I then be better off disabling the HB1 and use the Js if I want to switch between series/parallel? ...this question is a train wreck.

    -About the volume pot -- since by default it is one volume, one tone...is there any reason why I couldn't use a stacked volume pot and have it wired so the J pups use their own control and the HB1 uses the other? I'm concerned about balancing the output of the pickups and this seems like a good way to manage it. Do they even make 500k stacked volume pots?

    Does this sound needlessly complicated? What am I overlooking?
  2. SnakeKappele


    Sep 20, 2010
    Whoo! :eek:

    I would keep the J's like they are and add the HB1.

    So it would be:

    Neck switch = neck switch
    Bridge switch = HB1 switch
    Series/parallel switch = bridge switch

    Volume = volume for J's
    Tone = volume for HB1

    Preamp switch = serial/parallel for J's
    Treble wheel = tone for J's
    Bass wheel = tone for HB1

    The Fender parts list shows the treble and bass pots as 500K.

    If you want to add more to the volume/tone control panel, there is room.

  3. Ohhhh, I didn't know you could use the wheels in that way, I thought they were some special type only compatible with the preamp. That sounds like a good way to go...

    Thanks. What's the switch next to that mini pot on yours?
  4. SnakeKappele


    Sep 20, 2010
    My controls there are volume, distortion, tone, and a preset bridge tone on/off.

    I set the bridge pickup for equal volume to the neck pickup. This gives me lots of highs when I want them but also gives me a lot of finger noise. I could use the tone control to round off the highs but I only wanted to roll off the bridge pickup.

    I installed a 500K trim pot and a .047uF paper-in-oil capacitor attached to a switch. I tuned the trim pot until the finger noise just went away and put the control plate back on. Now I can flip the switch for full signal or no finger noise, and with the low end intact the two single coils still work as a humbucker.

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