Understanding Guitar Wiring

An introduction to guitar wiring, including how different components work and how they work together.


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.

Page 1: Index

Page 2: How a magnetic pickup works

Page 3: What is a potentiometer and how does it work?

Page 4: How is a volume pot wired?

Page 5: What is a capacitor and how does it work?

Page 6: Selector Switches

Page 7: Mini toggle switch basics and push-pull pot basics

Page 8: Output Jacks

Page 9: Grounding and Shielding

Page 10: Understanding impedance and impedance matching

Page 11: Wiring Glossary

Page 12: Sample Diagrams