PICKUP Wiring?

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by 67rayson, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. 67rayson

    67rayson Electromatic

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    Jan 9, 2021
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    Which wires are HOT and GROUND
    on blacktop pickups with clips?
    Ive included picture of pickups
    bridge has a white and Black wire
    Neck has a Red and Black wire
    I assume Black is Ground?
    but you know how ASSUMING goes!
    ANY HELP would be GREAT!!! 20210119_132430.jpg
     
  2. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    Yes, sometimes the black is not grounded.

    I don't have the answer but I've found specific guitar models wiring diagrams online. Most are color-coded.

    But I would go to HF and buy their $4 multimeter. Anyone working on wiring should have a meter.
    I bought this one a few years ago and it works great.
    7 Function Digital Multimeter (harborfreight.com)

    You're cutting the connectors off to hard wire them? Measure the resistance from the metal cover to each wire, that will show which is grounded.
     
  3. 67rayson

    67rayson Electromatic

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    Jan 9, 2021
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    i`ve got a fluke meter
    but was not sure how to find which is which?
     
  4. 67rayson

    67rayson Electromatic

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    Jan 9, 2021
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    i want to use the clip on the filter-trons.
    so where you set meter at? what readings will show ground?
     
  5. 67rayson

    67rayson Electromatic

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    Jan 9, 2021
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    BLACK IS GROUND
    i touched probe to black and pup case it beeped!
    touched to red and white NO beep, so those must be HOT?
    Correct me if I`m wrong, please!
     
  6. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    Yes, if that is a continuity test (must be).

    Do you know how to use the ohms (resistance) function? That is what you use to check the pots and other components. I also check the pickups on my guitars.
     
  7. 67rayson

    67rayson Electromatic

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    Jan 9, 2021
    49508
    yes i do!
    I must of had a brain fart,
    forgetting about the continuity!
     
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