Just purchased a snake oil humbucker prewired for volume and tone control. The wiring harness does not have a ground wire. Do I need to run a ground wire to the strings? If I do, which component should it be attached to?
P.S. This is my first magnetic pickup so any additional advice is welcome.
If you do, then what’s your Bridge style? Hard tail, then sandwich the wire under the bridge? If it’s a screw or bolt, then wrap the wire around it through a small hole in the box? Wood bridge, then connect it to a metal tailpiece? Connect the new wire to the Jack where the Black wire is soldered? If you email gitty support, they’re very knowledgeable about the things that they sell & will answer your questions & they’re pretty fast to get back to you?
Using wood bridge with metal tailpiece. Thanks for suggesting gritty support. Will give them a shout.
Hi, Not having seen the guitar but assuming it has a wooden bridge, it's best to attach it to the tailpiece.
If the guitar is incomplete, easy peasy, if boxed up there's a way I do it. Let me know and I'll share it.
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Guitar is incomplete. Have not installed the humbucker. I assume the answer to my 1st question is that I need to ground the harness.
If it’s a metal tailpiece, I like to anchor the wire between the tailpiece & body, right where it screws into the end of the box? Wrapping the wire around the screw works good too? The reason companies don’t include a separate string ground, is because not everyone grounds to the strings?
Hi, that's an interesting reason to leave out the earth wire, not everybody grounds to the strings, I thought it was a necessity unless using a low impedance pickup. How do those folks stop the hum that happens when the strings are not grounded?
I would have thought that it would be better to have the earth wire and those that do not want it could cut it out, cost-saving I suppose.