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Understanding Guitar Wiring

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


I-4000

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.

Introduction Understanding Guitar Wiring
Part One How a magnetic pickup works
Part Two What is a potentiometer and how does it work?
Part Three How is a volume pot wired?
Part Four What is a capacitor and how does it work?
Part Five Selector Switches
Part Six Mini toggle switch basics and push-pull pot basics
Part Seven Output Jacks
Part Eight Grounding and Shielding
Part Nine Understanding impedance and impedance matching
Part Ten Wiring Glossary
Part Eleven Sample Diagrams