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How do you match 4 wire pickup to the 5 wire Gibson Quick Connect system.?


lespaulj
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Hi!

I'm trying to work out how you wire a 4 wire pickup to the 5 wire Gibson Quick Connect system.

I understand the Gibson 5 wire coding is:

NORTH START: RED

NORTH FINISH: WHITE

SOUTH START: BLACK

SOUTH FINISH GREEN

AND bare wire : GROUND

 

But some replacement pickups only come with the  4 wires

NORTH START + FINISH

and SOUTH START + FINISH

so no bare wire . 

 

So I would wire all the corresponding wires together but then I'm left with a ground wire on the Gibson 5 wire quick connect and no ground wire on the 4 wire.

What would I do with that? Would the pickup still be grounded properly?

Thanks!

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Yes. If one wire of the humbucker wires didn't go to ground it would not work. It is grounded in the circuitry. Check your 5 wire set up and you will see 2 are grounded. The bare one and one other must be. Do you have a meter? See how one side of the winding goes to ground and one is hot. Your 4 and 5 wire hum gives you choice for coil splitting.

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