I've just bought a pair of P Bass pickups and wondering the best way to split them and make 2 pickups ? ..

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Here's picture of the wiring ?

 I've seen so many Cigar box guitars using these pickups I was sure some one would jump in with the answer ? ..

I have done this to get 2 separate single coil pups. However, I wasn't very happy with the results. I hooked them to a 4-way switch, in position 4 they are together in series(like the original setup) and they sound great. Other positions work fine, but are on the weak side.

The pic you supplied seems to be missing a wire. Should have a hot wire going into the top pup flowing into the other pup and out to ground. Where is your ground wire?

To have separate pups, you would cut the wire linking the 2 together which becomes ground for the first pup and hot for the second pup.

What you have out of the box are two single coil pickups, reverse wound from each other, wired together in series which creates a "humbucking" pickup.

The blue wire running from one pickup needs to be cut - but leave enough of the blue wire on the pickup with the yellow wire coming from it so that you can put a piece of heat shrink on the center wire of the blue lead to isolate it.

Your pickups use "coaxial" cable. The insulated wire in the center is "hot" while the braided shield wire is ground.

You will have to splice on to the wire(s) running from the pu with the blue cable as it is going to be short. You can do this using coaxial cable or just use two separate wires.

I didn't catch that, had to look back at the pic. Good for you.

Also forgot to mention that my pups were 8kohm together and 4kohm separate which is why they are on the weak side when played in single coil mode.

Yeah some of these cheap ceramic P Bass pups are only 6 ohms together - 3 ohms a piece. You defiantly need a boost\OD pedal if you want any dirt from them but they'll do clean just fine.

A cheap p90 (mounted sideways?) is a good alternative for not a lot more...

 Thanks for all the reply's I just wanted to check before I cut the blue wire? ,  I've checked the pickups and there reading 8.73 Ohm together  and one is going in a one string diddely bow .

 Don't cut the red wire! haha

Check the pups after you cut the wire and use the hottest one closer to the bridge if you want a bright sound, neck for dark and middle for a balance. I would put the weaker one in the Diddly Bow.

I have seen some replacement PBass pups that are 16k ohms together. I may switch out for some of those later.

Forgot to add the hot and ground on the blue wire on the pickup with the yellow wire need to be connected to close the loop for the second pickup to work ? then you'll 2 pickups reading 4.34 Ohm ....

I've bought cheap Chinese  and split them and used one on a two stringed bass guitar and sound really nice.

I've had no problem at all and would/will do the same again.

Cut the blue wire, leave about 3cm showing on the one with the yellow wire. On that one, strip back and solder together the live and shield, use the yellow wire as per normal, live inner, outer shield.

With the other pickup, simply use the blue wire as per normal,  live inner, outer shield- you might have to extend it of course. 

3 ohms is plenty good enough to get dirty with...crank your amp, that's what the gain is for!

 Thanks John , just what I did ? pickups in and wired to a Vol pot sounds great even through my little Roland Cube on Classic Stack full gain and a touch of Reverb , pickups sitting 6mm below the string .


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