From tj–(at)– Tue Aug 30 22:55:45 CDT 1994
Article: 23198 of alt.guitar
From: tj–(at)– (tim stanley)
Newsgroups: alt.guitar
Subject: Humbucker pickup wiring color code by manufacturer FAQ
Date: 30 Aug 94 13:47:43
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4-Conductor Humbucking Pickup Wiring Combinations:

I got this from a Stewart-MacDonald’s catalog. Mike Lindskold,
Technical Advisor, wrote it in late 93/early 94 (don’t have date
handy). It is a handy guide/faq. I have included it as part of
the pickup review faq.

Tim Stanley


Consider the two coils of a humbucker pickup:

Coil 1: A _OOOOOO_ B having terminals A and B
Coil 2: C _OOOOOO_ D having terminals C and D

Pickup Manufacturers Color Codes:

Anderson red green black white
DiMarzio red black green white
Gibson black green red white
Jackson green white black red
Lawrence black green red white
Schaller green white yellow brown
Seymour Duncan black white green red

(the bare/shield wire is always soldered to ground)

Wiring Options:

Series linked / out of phase:* A-hot B&D-series link C-ground
Series linked / in phase:** A-hot B&C-series link D-ground
Parallel linked / out of phase: A&D-hot B&C-ground
Parallel linked / in phase:** A&C-hot B&D-ground

* Standard humbucker wiring arrangement
** Non-humbucking


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