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Old 08-19-2009, 11:02 AM   #1
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Exclamation Pickup Color Codes and Diagrams - for all Humbuckers

It was frustrating going through the forums to find info on a simple pickup replacement.. So I took my time and searched the interwebs to find and help everyone.

Everyone seemed to be told to go to GuitarElectronics.com GuitarElectronics.com Home Page for pickup diagrams.. and even though it is a very helpful site, it did leave me the problem of trying to figure out what the hell the "North/South/finish" words meant? "What colors goes to which?"...

Fortunately I found the answers and I'm sharing it with all of you.

So I found a helpful picture form Seymourduncan's website of what the coloring is meant not only on theirs, but to other pickup companies.. Kudos for Seymour....




UPDATE:

I found more for different pickup companies below. The diagrams below show the color codes and standard humbucker wiring configuration (series in phase) for the most popular guitar & bass humbuckers including: Anderson, Bare Knuckle, Bartolini, Benedetto, Bill Lawrence, DiMarzio, EMG-HZ, Fender, Gibson, Gotoh, Ibanez, Jackson, Peavey, Schaller, Seymour Duncan & Shadow

GuitarElectronics.com Pickup Color Codes




















1 Pickup Guitar Wiring Diagrams <-Click here for other configurations...

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2 Pickup Guitar Wiring Diagrams <-Click here for other configurations...

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3 Pickup Guitar Wiring Diagrams <-Click here for other configurations...

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I hope this helps everyone...
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:04 AM   #2
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:10 AM   #3
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:35 PM   #4
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:15 PM   #5
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stickied or added to the WorkBench !!!!!!
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:06 PM   #6
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That was awesome of the OP to collect all that info into one thread for everyone to reference. I will be making use of this diagram personally. Thanks!
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So glad I stumbled on this, my BKP is coming in tomorrow. Need help though. In the attachment I uploaded what I (roughly) circled in red, is that really a wire going from the prong on the pot to the back of the pot? Also does the ground wire have to touch the bridge? I'm confused about the entire ground wire thing, will the BKP come with a ground wire or do I need to ask my local music store for a wire (is there an official name for the wire?)
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:18 PM   #8
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So glad I stumbled on this, my BKP is coming in tomorrow. Need help though. In the attachment I uploaded what I (roughly) circled in red, is that really a wire going from the prong on the pot to the back of the pot?
yep

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Also does the ground wire have to touch the bridge?
yep
whats the point of grounding if the most touched areas arent grounded, they are the strings and bridge....

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I'm confused about the entire ground wire thing, will the BKP come with a ground wire or do I need to ask my local music store for a wire (is there an official name for the wire?)
you didnt do a good job of reading the above did you?

Every single pickup has a ground wire...

i think you might be better off getting it installed rather than installing it yourself




also, asmegin_slayer, good work on the thred.....
iv been thinking about making one on soldering and wiring....
but im lazy
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:53 PM   #9
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So glad I stumbled on this, my BKP is coming in tomorrow. Need help though. In the attachment I uploaded what I (roughly) circled in red, is that really a wire going from the prong on the pot to the back of the pot? Also does the ground wire have to touch the bridge? I'm confused about the entire ground wire thing, will the BKP come with a ground wire or do I need to ask my local music store for a wire (is there an official name for the wire?)
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whats the point of grounding if the most touched areas arent grounded, they are the strings and bridge....


also, asmegin_slayer, good work on the thred.....
iv been thinking about making one on soldering and wiring....
but im lazy
Auyard, if you look at the picture you just uploaded and on the bottom left hand corner, you'll see that you can solder the ground to the back of the volume pot as well.. I did this as well to my dimarzio that i just got yesterday and I hear no bad noise or anything.. Whever is closest the nearest ground i'd say... But if your wire is long enough to go to the bridge, then you can do that as well..

Andrew, thanks for the comments!! much appreciated!
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:41 AM   #10
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i think you might be better off getting it installed rather than installing it yourself
I know I should I just want to attempt it myself. Thanks for the help, you too asmegin_slayer.
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:45 AM   #11
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You linked to Ibanez_1 twice... There are two different ones:



In fact, there's at least one other option with Ibanez. In my 1994 RG, they only have three wires, not 4. The serial link is apparently done internally. Two of the wires are just the ground and hot ones, and the third can be used to put one of the coils to ground to make it a 'single coil'.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:33 AM   #12
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You linked to Ibanez_1 twice... There are two different ones:

In fact, there's at least one other option with Ibanez. In my 1994 RG, they only have three wires, not 4. The serial link is apparently done internally. Two of the wires are just the ground and hot ones, and the third can be used to put one of the coils to ground to make it a 'single coil'.
Good catch! I edited it with the correct one.

Also, can you probably edit a new diagram of the 3 wire pickup you are describing with the colors so that we can add it here?
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:57 AM   #13
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Could I request the addition of Lundgren? Took me a hot-minute to figure out when I wired my 7321. Ultimately it came out fine, but my switch is technically wired backwards.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:30 AM   #14
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I suspect, that BKP color codes are not right in the first post.
I had problems wiring my BKP-s and I got this information from Tim via email:

North Start - Red
North Finish - Green
Soth Finish - White
Soth Start - Black
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:01 PM   #15
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Could I request the addition of Lundgren? Took me a hot-minute to figure out when I wired my 7321. Ultimately it came out fine, but my switch is technically wired backwards.
If you can provide the colors of the wire and there North/South start/finish? I would love to add it in the thread

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I suspect, that BKP color codes are not right in the first post.
I had problems wiring my BKP-s and I got this information from Tim via email:

North Start - Red
North Finish - Green
South Finish - White
South Start - Black
Excellent man, I'll see if I can edit the picture and provide an alternative option if its the same with other people?
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:25 AM   #18
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Could I request the addition of Lundgren? Took me a hot-minute to figure out when I wired my 7321. Ultimately it came out fine, but my switch is technically wired backwards.
I was gonna ask for that as well!
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what about the wiring for a rg7321?
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what about the wiring for a rg7321?
I can't find a good diagram for an HH 5 way switch either...
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:06 AM   #21
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There are alot of diagrams on tha ibanez website. That's where I went when I wired up my 5-way in my 1527...just look under RG7620.
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stupid ibanez.com diagrams aren't loading...

anyone have a stock pickup diagram for rg7321? I'm almost sure it's exactly the same as 7620 i just did except for the green/blue, but I just wanted to be sure.

Also, if anyone has a diagram for an RG550, please pm.
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If you can provide the colors of the wire and there North/South start/finish? I would love to add it in the thread
The problem is I'm only certain about the north start and south finish, since in my guitar the north finish and south start are tied together and it's been more than a year since I did the install; I've long since lost the nearly worthless not properly printed b&w diagram that came with the pickup. As I'm searching for stuff now (I'm trying to rewire the same pickup a different way) I can't figure out how we ever figured it out the first time, cause I can only find one link (http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/ext...to-rg2228.html) that even begins to cover it.

Anyway, the north finish and south start are RED and YELLOW, but I do not know which one is which.

Lundgren:
North Start = BLUE
North Finish = either RED or YELLOW
South Start = either RED or YELLOW
South Finish = GREEN

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