Wiring DIY


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Wiring DIY information

These articles are related to how guitar electronics work and how can you design and create your own wiring solutions.

Wiring DIY - Part 01 (Introduction, Pickups)
Wiring DIY - Part 02 (Pots, Capacitors)
Wiring DIY - Part 03 (Resistors, Toggle switches)
Wiring DIY - Part 04 (Blade switches)
Wiring DIY - Part 05 (Slide switches, Gibson' Swiftcraft switch, Fender' S-1 switch, Rotary Switches)
Wiring DIY - Part 06 (The sounds of a single coil pickup)
Wiring DIY - Part 07 (The sounds of a humbucker pickup)
Wiring DIY - Part 08 (Modular approach. Single Coil modules: vol, tone, treble bleed, OOP, taping)
Wiring DIY - Part 09 (Humbucker modules: serializer, splitter)
Wiring DIY - Part 10 (Artie's coil swap, kill switch, bridge-on, stacked vol and tone, volume bypass)

Caps: do androids dream with electrical sheeps?
Moding Epiphone Wilshire Ltd - new electronics and pickups - sample
In-phase, out-of-phase and hum-cancelling concepts

Wiring DIY diagrams

Under this title, I will be linking several examples of Wiring Diagrams. They will be classified just depending on guitar type.

Take into account that, if not stated the contrary, all wiring designs will follow the wire color schema of Seymour Duncan. All pickups conductor wires are drawn in their original colors, except for white (represented here as light blue) and bare (ground) wire (represented in light grey).
Rest of wire colors are added for readability and better understanding.

Take also into account that some grounds are missing, like the bridge or shielded cavity grounds (if any). Remember to solder those missing grounds to your common grounding spot.
Notice that, if your components lay over a metallic folder (like the backside of Strato pickguards) or over a metallic plate (as in Telecasters) or over a shielded cavity wall (with metallic folders or conductive paint), their cases are already in contact thru such a surface so, you don't need to throw jumpers from component to component to maintain everything grounded together. But, if this is not the case, you should trhow a jumper from the case of component 1 to component 2 and from there, to component 3, etc.
You can always solder your bridge ground wire and or your shielded cavity ground wire to the case of one of the pots.

Epiphone Genesis Custom

2 humbuckers, 2 volumes, 1 tone, 3-way, 1 DPDT, 3 pull/pushes (one under every pot)
Wiring DIY - Epiphone Genesis Custom 01 (independent volumes and coil split, neck oop, bypass)
Wiring DIY - Epiphone Genesis Custom 02 (independent volumes and coil split, neck opp, bridge direct)

Wiring Diagram - Telecaster 4-way mod, 2 volumes (independent vols, 4-way mod, no tone)
Wiring Diagram - Telecaster HH 4-way mod, 2 volumes, independent split, no tone
Wiring Diagram - Telecaster HH 4-way mod, 2 volumes, 1 tone, independent split

Wiring Diagram - Strato HSH mod 01 (independent vols for humbuckers, coil splitters)
Wiring Diagram - Guitar Tech Craig Mega Switch (fixed)
Wiring Diagram - Mike Richardson mod 01
Wiring Diagram - Mike Richardson mod 02
Wiring Diagram - Mike Richardson mod 03
Wiring Diagram - Hermetico's Stratosphear mod 4
Wiring Diagram - Hermetico's American Deluxe SSS with DA Dovers

Three pickups in series/parallel mods

Gibson Les Paul
Wiring Diagram:  Jimmy Page's mod
Wiring Diagram: LP - 1 P-Rail - 4 sounds
Wiring Diagram: Hermetico's LP-Exchanger mod 2

Ibanez SZ320
Ibanez SZ320 mod 01 (independent volumes, humbuckers 4-sounds, pickups series/parallel)

Carvin Custom
Carving Custom HH mod 01
Carving Custom HH mods 02 and 03

Miscellaneous HH Designs
Hermetico's HH X61 SD mod


  1. I found a diagram of yours on a guitar forum, it was a hsh autosplit with rotary switch.Have you ever tested that diagram?

    1. Well, your question is very generic. Can you please attach the link?.
      Take into account that every rotary switch doesn't works the same!. They probably are the most inconsistent switches, related to the way the common (or pole) switches with their positions (or throws).

  2. Hi , I used your service before and it worked well , thanks. I have a question though. Im trying to wire a strat w/ 1 vol , 1 tone and a 5way switch. I have tried and wired it 2 differnt way based on diagrams Ive found on the web (duncans ,phoestenex) when i tried both diagrams i keep getting 2 tone controls instead of a vol and tone. Any ide what might cause this? Its an oak grisby switch . Thanks


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