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Wiring P-bass "63

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Thijs V, May 31, 2007.


  1. Thijs V

    Thijs V

    Feb 17, 2004
    Netherlands
  2. Baleen

    Baleen

    Nov 8, 2006
    Philadelphia
    Besides the different cap. values in the two, the Seymour Duncan's plan doesn't explicitly carry the ground from the pickup signal all the way through to the output jack. It depends on some other means, e.g. shielding on the underside of the pick guard to do that. If that isn't a connection, then the output is the difference between the hot signal of the volume pot output and the hot signal through the tone control.

    If you'd connected both pot bodies to a star ground or just connected them together, then it should've sounded the same as the Fender setup. This is assuming you used the same cap for both of your configurations.
     
  3. Thijs V

    Thijs V

    Feb 17, 2004
    Netherlands

    Thx for the reply.
    I have a metallike pick guard,think it is brushed aluminium, and also the the two pots grounded together (the Fender-way)
    Is it a problem if you use both as ground? (dont think so)
    I have a 0.1 capacitor (was 0,047) the cutoff seems much wider now, which I like more.
    Only thing is, that if I touch the bottom pick-up,just the pole, with my finger and now other parts of the bass touched, it starts to hum.
    Not the top pick-up.
    Is this normal?
    Thx
     
  4. Baleen

    Baleen

    Nov 8, 2006
    Philadelphia
    Having two different ground paths could make a ground loop problem. If you don't have excessive hum I wouldn't worry about it. If you do have an extra hum problem, I would insulate the pots from the pickguard with plastic washers. That way there would only be one path to ground, through the pot bodies. That said, I've never taken any precaution to isolate pots from the shielding on the underside of a pickguard, and I don't seem to be suffering from it.

    I have some pickups that exhibit the problem you mention, e.g. a Bassline P pickup where one pickup has that problem and the other doesn't. I'm guessing that the coil wire gets scraped or something and makes contact with the poles. If the hot end of the wire is in contact, then the touching the pole will make it buzz, otherwise it wouldn't be noticed. That's just my crackpot theory on that though.
     
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