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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-08-2003, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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OK, I've got two leads poking through to the control cavity. One's a Duncan PG, and the other is a Dimarzio Fred. I have no idea which wire came from which pickup, and it would be very difficult to find out. The differences between them: one has a dark, forest green green wire, and the other has a lighter, almost kelly-green wire.

I need to know which one's which, and if I can't, I'm kinda up the creek sans-paddle. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Try pulling one of the leads, back and forth, very lightly, and see if one of the pickups pivots backward a bit. This was the method I used when replacing the 3 way switch on a Les Paul once.
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tried it... neither of them move.
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Do you have access to a ohm/volt multimeter?

If you do, set it to read continuity. Touch one probe to one of the mounting screws on a pickup. Touch the other probe to the ground wire of either set of leads. Watch for the meter to react or listen for the continuity tone and you've found your match.

This will work assuming your pickups aren't mounted together on a metal pickguard, and that both sets of leads are insulated in plastic, not the wire braided type covering on PAFs.
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Are the pickups mounted on a pickguard or are they mounted in rings?

Is there some reason why you can't just remove your strings and lift one of the pickups out to see which wire moves?
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Just wire em up,make a note of how the guitar sounds,if the neck sounds trebly reverse the pickups ;-)

If you really need to leave the strings on,or not move the pickups away from the guitar,thats what i would do (my custom Evo's are not marked to differentiate which is neck/bridge,so i had to do it)

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Do you have access to a ohm/volt multimeter?

If you do, set it to read continuity. Touch one probe to one of the mounting screws on a pickup. Touch the other probe to the ground wire of either set of leads. Watch for the meter to react or listen for the continuity tone and you've found your match.

This will work assuming your pickups aren't mounted together on a metal pickguard, and that both sets of leads are insulated in plastic, not the wire braided type covering on PAFs.
I'll give that a shot... will the "ears" work (the part that's threaded)?

Anyway, they're direct-mounted with nails. Which is why neither moves, and why I can't just pull 'em out.
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Anyway, they're direct-mounted with nails. Which is why neither moves, and why I can't just pull 'em out.
Wow. A Custom Shop one off, eh?

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Anyway, they're direct-mounted with nails. Which is why neither moves, and why I can't just pull 'em out.
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Sweet. It worked. Thanks ScreamJem.

And yes, Jim, it's a custom shop one-off straight out of my basement.
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