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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-13-2020, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Passive pickups - is wiring same for every brand?

If I replace DiMarzio pickups with another brand (e.g. BKP or Seymour Duncan) will this be as straightforward as if I put in another set of DiMarzios?

Sorry if this is a stupid question - I should probably highlight that this will be my first time replacing pickups. I recently bought an RG652FX with a Tone Zone and Air Norton set. I'm lowering the tuning to B standard for death metal tones (Amon Amarth, Morbid Angel, Carcass etc.), so the Tone Zone isn't right for this application. I may end up sticking to DiMarzios, but am staying open-minded for now (think I've narrowed it down to D Activator, Imperium, BKP Warpig, BKP Painkiller & SD Black Winter). Actives are definitely out of the equation though.

Also, if I decide to only replace the bridge pickup, would there be any issues/complications in pairing the Air Norton with a non-DiMarzio bridge pickup?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-14-2020, 03:51 AM
 
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Re: Passive pickups - is wiring same for every brand?

Basics are always same. Two coils in series, ( or paralel if you want ). But color codes for wires are different for different makers.
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Re: Passive pickups - is wiring same for every brand?

There is no problem mixing passive pickups from different brands, just be aware that as peromucho7 mentions the colour coding of the wires does vary so you will have to do a little translation of any wiring diagram. This will help:
https://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk...rt_1940bd0.pdf
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-16-2020, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Passive pickups - is wiring same for every brand?

Thanks! I've bookmarked the wiring diagram
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