I have just discovered this site recently and I am VERY impressed with the community here. Hoping to get some answers, here is my problem:
I own an RG170, cheapo guitar but feels good to me. Thought new pickup in the bridge might do the trick to get the sound right. Problem is the Powersound pickups in the guitar are not wired the same way that the diagram from www.ibanez.com
says they should be wired. My Ibanez has 4 conductor wiring which is confusing cause it is only meant to have two or three acording to the diagrams??
So here is how the powersound is currently wired.
Green - soldered to pickup switch on the lug that is closest to the guitar neck
Red and White - soldered to pickup switch on the lug that is third last from the opposite end (ie. third last from the bridge end of guitar).
black - soldered to the back of a pot (ground?)
bare - soldered to back of same pot (volume) so is ground?
OK, so what does all this mean? Does anyone know how this thing has been wired up??
I have bought a Dimarzio Steve's Special pickup. How should this be wired to this guitar. That is, what wires on the Steve's Special go to what wires of the Ibanez (or powersound)??
Also, is there any reason (sound-wise) why I can't just chop of the old pick up and solder the new one to the end of the wires that are left over??
Also, as a side question my ibanez is a "Gio" model or something apparantly - has it written on the headstock. What does that mean?
Thanks for any help because I am really lost. I am a proficient solderer and understand electronics to some degree but don't understand what is going on with the wiring (but I have learnt from these forums that stock pickup wiring can be very inconsistent across revisions).