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Understanding Guitar Wiring

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i-4000 Updated 10/03


This is a guide to understanding how electric guitar components work on their own, as well as function with each other. After absorbing the information in these pages you should be able to wire most any guitar and understand how and why they work.

1. How a magnetic pickup works

2. What is a potentiometer and how does it work?

3. How is a volume pot wired?

4. What is a capacitor and how does it work?

5. Selector Switches

6. Mini toggle switch basics and push-pull pot basics

7. Output Jacks

8. Grounding and Shielding

9. Understanding impedance and impedance matching

10. Wiring Glossary

11. Sample Diagrams

Alpha Control Pots
Alpha Control Pots

Switchcraft Output Jack
Switchcraft Output Jack

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