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Ok,

I am in need of some help. I want to learn how to install pickups the right way and be able to do it from scratch. I dont want to have to rely on a tech to always do the work for me.

Im actually working on a project now! Heres what I have.....

Ernie Ball Music Man Silhoutte
I am getting a new pickguard for it with a completely diffrent electronics config than what it has or had cause its gutted at the moment.

I bought a Dimarzio X2N for the Bridge and a Tone Zone for the Neck.
I bought a 3 way toggle switch (the same little chrome one thats on the EB John Petrucci guitars). And a 500K Pot.
Im taking out the single coil. I would like to have the middle position wired just like the JP's. And just one volume knob. No Tone control for this baby.

How exactly should I do this? I have a little experiance doing this. Ive put in new pickups actually just "replaced" pickups so that was easy just going one wire at a time. But after reading the instructions that came with the pickups Im lost!

If anyone could help me out that would be awesome and greatly appreciated!

Thanks Guys!
Nick
 

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It depends on the switch itself. If it's like the switch that Dimarzio sells then you can actually just goto the Ibanez website and get the wiring diagram for an old JPM.

Essentially what you want to do is wire the pickups to the toggle switch, then from the output of the toggle switch to the volume and then output jack. It's pretty simple actually. PM me if you got any problems.
 

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The live wire on a Dimarzio is RED. However, to get the coil tap you need to join the black and the white wires together and also solder them onto the switch. The Green and bare wires goto ground. From the toggle switch there should ONLY be two wires. One going to ground and another going to your volume. Your volume consequently should only have one wire going out and that goes to your output jack.

If you have any problems feel free to bug me.

Cheers,

Budd

Progdude said:
what colors of the wires should be soldered to the toggle and what colors to the output and volume?

Thanks
 
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