Attached is the diagram I've been using to help me solder in my pickups....all of which have had just 2 wires attached. Also attached is the latest pickup I bought....which has 4 (3.5?) wires.
Can someone help me with this please?
The five wires are there for pickup mods. Not knowing what brand pickup you have it's hard to say what wire should go where.
Here's a couple of links that might help.
This one is for using a meeter to find out what wire does what,
This one lists a lot of pickup makers and their wire colors
For just a normal pickup the two grounds are soldered together and sent to ground. ( in this case it's the black and outside shielding ) Two wires that are used for pickup mods are then soldered together and wrapped up. The single 'hot' wire is used for the overall output of the pickup.
Sorry double post.
I can't tell but looking at the pick I'm guessing the green and white wires are soldered together? if so wrap tape around them. Use the red as your hot and ground the silver outside shield wire to ground.
Yes, I would also guess red for hot (lead) and silver for ground. You can always get some of those alligator clip test wires and hook it up temporarily to the jack and then plug it into the amp and see if it works properly.
You can either tap on the pickup to see if it makes a noise, or hold the pickup right above your guitar's strings and strum to see if it makes a sound.
Thanks Phrygian - as always a really thorough answer!
Much appreciated mate