Wiring question - PBass Kit

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Wiring question - PBass Kit

Post by jamiesdad » 22 Aug 2018, 19:27

All - have bought a P-bass wiring kit from obsidianwire (https://tonelounge.co.nz/obsidianwire-t ... bass-250k/)

It has instructions that just show the terminal block and say:
1. spare ground
2. string ground
3. bridge ground
4. bridge hot

Can anyone translate that into what p bass wiring actually looks like, (i know which block 1-4 are) just not what that means for wires..
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Re: Wiring question - PBass Kit

Post by basshack » 22 Aug 2018, 20:45

The hot wire is the pup signal. That goes to the volume pot and out to the jack tip. The others are grounds. The bridge one is the other end of the pup. The string ground is for under the bridge and the spare is just that. All the grounds need connecting together and taking to the jack shield. The pot case also gets a ground.
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Re: Wiring question - PBass Kit

Post by vin-tone » 23 Aug 2018, 09:28

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"Bridge hot" is weird.
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Re: Wiring question - PBass Kit

Post by jamiesdad » 23 Aug 2018, 09:55

the instructions for a strat are neck, middle, bridge pickup and jazz bass neck and bridge so i am going to assume as it is a single pup instrument it just means the hot wire off the pickup :) ... will give it a try
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Re: Wiring question - PBass Kit

Post by narcdor » 23 Aug 2018, 10:06

I’m about to rewire my P with vintage cloth push back stuff for shits and giggles and this confused me too.

Really though all you need worry about is white pickup wire is hot, everything else is ground, and you shouldn’t have any loose black wires left.
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Re: Wiring question - PBass Kit

Post by basshack » 23 Aug 2018, 11:53

Depending on the manufacturing process you might have a few spares in the block. They'll use the same connectors to save on inventory even if they are not required for that particular build.

So yes in the simplest format you need a signal wire from the pup, which we call "hot" and everything else is a ground.
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Re: Wiring question - PBass Kit

Post by noplanb » 26 Aug 2018, 22:54

US usually has black as 'hot' on mains electricity - so I would've thought the that white would tend to be an earth by comparison. But if white is hot for a US bass, then so be it ;)
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