Installing PRS 57/08's Jan 18, 2014 21:48:30 GMT -5
Post by dobes on Jan 18, 2014 21:48:30 GMT -5
I have installed PRS 57/08 HB pickups in an Epiphone Spotlight guitar, replacing the original Select, Designed by EMG pickups. The guitar has two HB pickups, one volume, one push-pull tone pot and a three way toggle. I made a diagram of the way it was wired with the EMG's and installed the 57/08's the same way. The bridge sounds pretty good, combined sounds pretty good, coil cutting seems to work well, but the neck is very distorted and muddy -really unuseable. I have asked Stew Mac how to wire them and have printed several diagrams, but am unsure of how to interpret them. I found a wiring diagram at Guitar Electronics for this configuration and one for the McCarty, which has this hardware. Why are they different, and of course, the guitar was not wired either of these ways with the EMG's. I suspect that maybe the guitar had been modified to only cut the bridge. Is there a good reason for this? The EMG's had a red (coil cut, I think), a white (hot, I think) and a ground wire. The 57/08's have a hot wire with braided shield and a white coil tap(cut) wire. One diagram shows the hot wires from each pickup going to each side of the toggle. One hot also splits and goes to a prong on the DPDT switch of the tone pot. The McCarty shows one hot going to the toggle and the other hot going to the same DPDT prong and then on to the other side of the toggle. I have the neck hot going to the toggle, but the other side of the toggle has no wire connected. The bridge hot wire goes to the middle prong on one side of the DPDT part of the push-pull tone pot. The coil tap wires go to the top (toward the knob) prongs on either side of the DPDT switch. I think I can figure out how to wire it if I can understand the logic behind the wiring.