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Hi,

I've been a long time lurker in this forum but now I have a problem and hope I can get some help!

I've got a brand new DiMarzio Evolution bridge pickup to slap into my RG 570 to compliment the arrival of my new amp (Legacy VL100). I'm replacing the old bridge pickup which is an Ibanez V8. I've checked the RG570 wiring diagram from Ibanez (http://www.ibanez.com/wiring/W97019.gif). This is a 1998 model BTW.

The problem? The V8 is only a 2 wire pup while the evo is a 4 wire. On the V8, the red and white wires both go to different connectors on the 5 way switch.

The Evo has 4 wires (red, green, black and white). They say to wire the white and black together (for a standard humbucker) and the red to the hot lead while the green goes to the ground. The rest of the directions for different connections seem to be only for official DiMarzio parts.

I believe after experimenting with tapping an allen wrench on the pole pieces of the RG570 that position 1 of the switch is just the bridge humbucker, position 2 is one half of the humbucker together with the single coil, and position 3 is just the single coil.

I'm thinking I should wire the red on the evo to the same place as the red on the V8 (which i'm assuming is the hot lead since it is red). But what about the rest of the wires? The green to the ground and the black and white soldered to the same place the white is soldered on the V8? Or am I completely in left field here?
 

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Replacing a 2 wire pup(V8) w/ a 4 wire (evo)

Ok, I think I've solved my own problem. I've checked the Ibanez wiring diagram of the Jem555 (which seems to have the same hardware as far as switches and things go to the RG570 but with a 4 wire pickup). This diagram shows the red going to the same place as the red on the V8, the black and white both going to the same connection on the switch (the same connection that the V8's white wire went to), and the green going to the ground along with the bare wire.

Now if only I can figure out what the allen wrench DiMarzio included with the Evolution is for! lol
 

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Replacing a 2 wire pup(V8) w/ a 4 wire (evo)

Good sleuthing on the wiring. That sounds 100% correct.

BTW, I assume the allen wrench is probably for adjusting the height of the polepieces.

Rick
 

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Replacing a 2 wire pup(V8) w/ a 4 wire (evo)

If you've got a 4 conductor pup, then it is always fun to get a push pull pot for it, so that you can switch it to a single coil and get even more sounds out of your guitar. I've done this to my BCRich that I have, and it's a lot more versataile than it was. Just a thought, as if you can get a sound you might as well!
 
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