I can’t find the correct wiring diagram for my guitar

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Why do some STK-S4 pickups have a small resistor on the bottom, while some do not?

At the end of the production process, all STK-S4 pickups are fine tuned for hum-canceling. Each pickup is essentially ‘injected’ with hum, and measured for the amount hum it cancels. To achieve the maximum amount of hum-canceling, a small resistor is often used to fine tune each pickup. Since each coil that we wind is very slightly different, the value of that resistor is not always […] Continue Reading

What’s the difference between Active & Passive Tone Circuits?

The difference between the two preamps is the value of some of the components. If you use the wrong one, you may experience limited range in the treble control. Also, when you blend two pickups to together, you might experience some output loss. The prices are the same for the Active & Passive models (but the 3-band is more than the 2-band). Continue Reading

What is the proper height for a pup?

A good starting point for the distance from the bridge pickup to the strings is 3/32 of an inch. The neck pickup can be set to provide a good output balance when compared to the bridge or to produce a particular tone when used together with the bridge. If a pickup is too close to the strings the tone tends to get muddy and lack clarity, […] Continue Reading

What is the Jimmy Page wiring?

The Jimmy Page wiring is a fairly complicated switching system made famous by Jimmy Page and was later used in Gibson’s line of Jimmy Page Les Pauls. It uses four DPDT switches and incorporates coil taps for both pick ups as well as a phase switch on the bridge humbucker and a series/parallel switch for combining both humbuckers in series and parallel for a total of […] Continue Reading

What is coil splitting?

Coil splitting refers to the ability to disable one coil in a humbucker-type pickup. This offers the player option of getting a single coil-type tone from a humbucker-loaded guitar. Many pickups have three- or four-conductor wiring that allows for one coil to be disabled by shorting one coil to either ground or hot. All production Seymour Duncan humbuckers can be purchased with four-conductor wiring either stock […] Continue Reading

What is a coil tap?

A coil tap refers to a lead connected to an individual coil’s winding and is used to raise and lower a pickup’s output and change its tone. This is most often utilized on single coil pickups where the player wants a higher output pickup but also wants to be able to switch to a lower output and more vintage-type tone using the same pickup. Many of […] Continue Reading

What is Scatter Winding and how does it affect tone and output?

First, let’s define some terms. “Machine Winding” – a machine spins the bobbin and moves back and forth at a regular pace, distributing the wire evenly across the bobbin. “Hand Winding” – a machine spins the bobbin, but the magnet wire goes through the hands of an operator who distributes the wire along the bobbin. This is how the earliest pickups were wound. “Scatter Winding” (Also […] Continue Reading

What do in phase and out of phase mean?

Phase refers to the relationship of two sine waves (signals) to each other. If both signals are at their highest peak (+) at the same time they are in phase. If one signal is at its highest peak (+) while the other signal is at its lowest peak (-) they are 180 degrees out of phase. While a complicated and lengthy explanation of this phenomenon is […] Continue Reading