How To Wire Guitar Pickups

Anyone who owns an electric guitar needs to learn how to wire guitar pickups. Pickups can help you get the best sound out of your guitar. The following guide will help you wire guitar pickups.

To wire guitar pickups, you will need:

  • Your guitar
  • Wire stripper
  • Pickups
  • Soldering iron
  • Soldering wire
  • Screwdriver
  1. First, you need to remove the back panel from your guitar with your screwdriver. You also need to untune the strings until they begin to unravel, then remove them from your guitar completely.
  2. Look at the way the wires are situated inside your guitar and draw a map, including the wires' locations and colors. This will help you properly wire your new pickups. Every guitar is different, which means that drawing an accurate map is extremely important.
  3. Heat your soldering iron and hold it against the knobs that are behind your guitar's back panel. Melt the solder that is holding the wires in place so that they can be gently removed from the knobs.
  4. Next, unscrew the now disconnected pickups and remove them.
  5. Now, you can attach your new pickups. Screw them into place and then strip the green and black wires attached to the new pickups.
  6. Finally, use your soldering iron to heat up the wires and reattach them according to the map you drew of the old pickups' wiring. To properly solder the wires to their appropriate positions, you will need to heat the wire and lay it against its knob. Then, you will need to use a small piece of soldering wire and melt it to the knob to attach the wire.
  7. When your new pickups match the wiring of the old pickups, you have successfully wired your guitar's new pickups.
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