I have been playing guitar for about 20 years but it wasn’t until recently that I finally decided to learn the basics of guitar wiring and changing pickups. So I thought I would share with you what I have found to be the most useful sites out there.
The first thing you will need to acquaint yourself with is soldering. From there you open the door to any conceivable guitar mod, from changing pickups to installing a mid range boost/cut switch to installing a special switch that prevents you from making any mistakes while playing. Ok that last mod is unlikely, but you can do some pretty damn creative mods that will help you unleash your guitar’s full tonal potential.
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/01/soldering_tutor_1.html - contains video
http://curiousinventor.com/guides/How_To_Solder - another video
http://guitarelectronics.zoovy.com/category/wiringresources - diagrams for practically any pickup configuration
http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/menu.php - lots of useful mods
http://www.carvinmuseum.com/pdf/guitarbass/passivekit20-50guitarwiring.pdf - easily adaptable to other pickups
http://www.geocities.jp/dgb_studio/faq_e.htm - this site has an insane number of diagrams; requires some technical knowledge to interpret though as it does not indicate wire colors
http://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/Electronics.html - info on pickups from a variety of manufacturers
Pickup Replacement Procedure:
http://www.magnusolsson.com/index_music.html - just click on “Guitar Setup” then scroll down and select the tutorial on changing pickups
http://allparts.com/ - this place has pretty much everything you could possibly need; lots of parts stores get their parts from allparts
http://www.stewmac.com - lots of parts and useful kits as well
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f35/ - incredibly useful forum on pickups and wiring
http://music-electronics-forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9 - another incredibly useful forum on pickups and guitar tech work in general
Of course, you can always call tech support at Dimarzio, Seymour Duncan, etc and you will find their tech support to be top notch!
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