Only Connect: Guitar wiring

Welcome to another post in the series by Nick Locke, of Nicab Ltd, who has over 15 years experience in the electronics manufacturing industry specialising in interconnection cable assembly.
Because it’s getting close to Christmas I thought I would let you into a secret. I am a massive guitar fan. That’s right I love to shred, and the tenuous link to my blog is that electronics in guitars and most electrical instruments is often overlooked.

However when Les Paul decided to electrify his guitar in 1931 he could only imagine how things have developed over the 80 years.

We forget because it's just there that electronics rule our musical lives. What's more, it's quite a complex business, that's probably why so many electronics geeks are also audiophiles.

guitar-1.jpgTo illustrate my point, and to give you a glimpse into my world, here (right) is a wiring schedule from a typical electric guitar using single coil pickups.

The following is a wiring schedule for an electric guitar with humbucker pickups.


For those who find this sort of thing fascinating there is a ton of really great in-depth information from and if you want to take things one set further then check out this video on making your own guitar: how cool is that!

Thank you for indulging me however, I know there are loads of us out there who find this sort of thing interesting and I am certainly very proud to be one of you!

See also: Made By Masters #5 - Les Paul electric guitars

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