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Wiring P-Bass Pups Directly to the jack - how?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JC JC, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. I want to wire a set of Lollar p-bass pickups directly to the output jack.
    Stupid basic question, but:
    can you tell me which wires go where?

    Thanks folks,
    JC JC
  2. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    lead to lead

    ground to ground

    this is your freebie
  3. which is lead and which is ground?
  4. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Yep, white (or whatever color Lollar uses for the hot) to the tip connection of the jack. Black (or whatever color is ground) to the sleeve connection. Actually it doesn't matter which color goes where unless you've got shielded cable on the pickup.

  5. Don't forget the bridge ground to the sleeve terminal. And any other grounds, if applicable.
  6. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    A toggle (on-off) inline is helpful...
  7. No it isn't. That leaves an infinite output impedance, which can cause hum when the bass is supposed to be muted.
    The proper way to do it is parallel to the signal, so that the output impedance approaches zero.
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Even if you wire it backwards it will work.
  9. Worked out beautifully.
    Your comments helped a lot.

    I picked up Mexican P-Bass for $390 bucks, and put a set of Lollar pups in it.
    And now, I'm a happy camper.

    Thanks again,
    JC JC