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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Lead wire for pickups & circuits

mr.gibson

Hamilton, Canada

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Nov 15th, 2015 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does the wire used matter much? The wire I had on my pickup was of four strands in a braided cloth. It appeared copper coloured when I could see past the solder. The rewinding tech threw out my wire and I the new stuff looks to be a single strand, although it could be a few strands compressed. I rather feel like using stranded lamp cord, at least I understand it.
Thank you.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

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Nov 16th, 2015 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Why would any "tech" replace 4 conductor wire on a pickup with single wire unless you requested it. It has to have at least 2 conductors to work.

Flexible stranded wire should be used for guitar wiring. With a humbucker (two coils) 4 conductor wire allows for versatility of wiring to get series, parallel or single coil wiring.

With two conductor (hot plus shield/ground) the two coils are usually linked in series.

Wire from pickups should be shielded, but if not, the guitar cavities should be shielded to prevent the wires from picking up hum and noise.

Don't use lamp cord. It could work but why not use appropriate wire?

mr.gibson

Hamilton, Canada

Music is your only friend....
Nov 16th, 2015 07:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmmm.... I bought a Nocaster neck pickup this afternoon, and it has the same 'single' strand wire.
Is that because it's 1951?

Te 52

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Nov 16th, 2015 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...Why would any "tech" replace 4 conductor wire on a pickup with single wire unless you requested it. It has to have at least 2 conductors to work..."

I think mr.gibson is talking about stranded wire versus solid core wire.

Electrically speaking, any gauge of wire is more than big enough for guitar circuits, which typically carry microamps. The industry has more or less centered on 20 or 22 gauge wire because it's low cost and easy to handle and solder.

The advantage of stranded wire is that you can flex it back and forth many times without it breaking. But that's usually not a huge factor in guitars, because they only get taken apart once in a while.

Small gauge solid core wire is nice when you have to solder to very small solder lugs such as those found on push-pull pots and mini-switches.

Pre-tinned wire is always nice, solders very quickly and easily.

Telflon insulation is nice when the wiring is very dense and congested. It doesn't melt nearly as easily as regular hookup wire.

To summarize, I use 20 gauge pre-tinned stranded wire for simple installations, 22 gauge solid core Teflon-insulated for the most complex circuits.

mr.gibson

Hamilton, Canada

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Nov 16th, 2015 09:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, gentlemen.

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