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willo

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« on: April 11, 2005, 05:46:32 PM »
hi everyone, ive been interested in these pick-ups for a while so i thought id check this site.

i have a question which is borne out of the fact that i dont really know anything about the technical side of guitar reparation etc. i tried searching for it, but i couldnt find it!

so basically, i have a les paul studio. both pickups are two conductor wiring. i want to replace them with some BK pickups that are 4 conductor wiring. would this present any difficulties in installation? y'see im not too sure whether if a pickup is two conductor wiring, does that mean i would only have two wires to solder to on my les paul?

i also read that 4 conductor wiring allows coil tapping etc. 'coil tapping' is something that your guitar tech would have to set up isnt it?

like i say, forgive my ignorance here, i just thought id see if anyone could help me out before i splash out!

thanks (in advance),

willo  :D
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TwilightOdyssey

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2005, 05:50:09 PM »
You're correct. 4 conductor wiring will allow you to do coil splitting/tapping. The hardware needed will include some kind of device to activate it.

If you don't want to alter the physical appearance of you LP, you could install push-pull pots which can be wired to act as coil tap switches.

Yes, this will complicate the wiring for a neophyte and I would recommend getting a professional to do the work for you. :)

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2005, 05:52:28 PM »
Welcome to the forum :)

You can definately have 4 conductor wiring on any BKP humbucker and it won't effect installation.

4 Conductor will allow you to access coil taps, series/parallel and in/out of phase options. You will need a switch or push pull pot to reap the benefits with a LP style guitar.
If you haven't done this sort of installation before I'd advise getting a good tech to do the job for you and save any heartache.
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willo

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2005, 07:03:21 PM »
thanks guys!

i've done some soldering before (GSCE technology, hell yeah!), but yeah, i think i'll leave it to my tech instead of risking my pride & joy!

sorry to ask another question, but can anyone recommend any particular brand of these push-pull pots that twilightodyssey and tim mentioned? or are they all essentially the same?

sorry for all these questions!
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2005, 07:05:48 PM »
Quote from: willo
thanks guys!

i've done some soldering before (GSCE technology, hell yeah!), but yeah, i think i'll leave it to my tech instead of risking my pride & joy!

sorry to ask another question, but can anyone recommend any particular brand of these push-pull pots that twilightodyssey and tim mentioned? or are they all essentially the same?

sorry for all these questions!


We supply switches and push pull pots through our online shop, www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2005, 07:07:44 PM »
thank you very much!

ill get stuck into sorting my finances out and seeing how much i have  :wink:
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