my friend gave a guitar simple to fix just connect a few wires back on and repair refinish and re attach the neck make a few parts no problem but its not going to be that easy 1 of the hum-bucker pickups is a dimazio thats all it says on the back dimazio says the don't make pickups with that color color wiring how do i know what wire does what there is blue red bair green yellow dimizio says it could be a very very very very old super distortion hum-bucker well older than 25 years but thats all they telling me it don't help with finding out what the wires do
Post by Mini-Strat_Maine on Nov 19, 2005 12:39:03 GMT -5
my fiend gave a guitar simple to fix just connect a few wires back on and repair refinish and re attach the neck make a few parts no problem but its not going to be that easy
Heh. Nothing's ever that easy. When it is, I get suspicious and start expecting another shoe to drop. (Sometimes it's like a flippin' centipede. And did your friend do a Pete Townshend routine with that guitar, or what?)
Your first stop might oughtta be DiMarzio's site www.dimarzio.com. I can't give you a direct link to the Super Distortion page, maybe because it's set up with Macromedia Flash Player, but you can get there eventually. (You may end up clicking on "Pickups" above and below the Steve Vai picture to get to the pulldown list.)
In the SD description, they say, "The Super Distortion® (and its original 3-conductor version, the Dual Sound®) was the first pickup specifically designed to kick a tube amp into total overdrive, and is still the standard by which all other high-output pickups are measured." They also refer to it as "a one-conductor pickup" when it was first built.
I think your best bet would be to download their 4-conductor instruction sheet, www.dimarzio.com/media/diagrams/4Conductor.pdf, and just substitute the colors you have for what's mentioned in the instructions. There are also instruction sheets for different humbucker/switch combinations.
Best guess: blue and yellow are/were black and white; start there. If that doesn't work, well . . .
-- Doug C. "I wasn't here. Somebody else musta wrote that."
its got the standard 3 way rythem treble switch 2 tone 2 volume but it has 1 2way switch and 2 3way switches whats a coool wireing setup using all thease things sorry but my blond hair is kicking in whos Pete Townshend the name rings a bell but dont know what he does to guitars
Post by pollyshero on Nov 19, 2005 13:39:22 GMT -5
Oh my... You don't know about Pete!? Well... No crime, I guess. He is famous not only for being an innovative guitar player and super songwriter, but for performing the "Windmill" attack. Also trashing equipment. Google "The Who" to learn more.
Now for your problem: The Dimarzio site has wiring diagrams for their 4 conductor pups.
The first one is easy: The bare wire goes to ground.
Making a few assumptions based on experience - colored wires are sometimes grouped by primary color set - Dimarzio's current four conductor pairs are set at black/red, green/white. The primary color scheme that makes most sense in your case is blue/red, green/yellow.
Compare to Dimarzio's current scheme and you could assume that blue = black, red = red, green = green, yellow = white.
Try hooking them up that way (DON'T SOLDER) and see what happens. If it doesn't work, then welcome to the wonderful world of "easter egging" - keep swapping wire pairs until it does work.
Last Edit: Nov 19, 2005 13:43:29 GMT -5 by pollyshero
Post by Mini-Strat_Maine on Nov 19, 2005 14:02:44 GMT -5
its got the standard 3 way rythem treble switch 2 tone 2 volume but it has 1 2way switch and 2 3way switches whats a coool wireing setup using all thease things
I can't help you much there. My best guess is that by "3way" switches you mean three-position, but then you need to know other things about them, including whether they're on/on/on or on/off/on. If they're on/on/on, then the individual pups might have had series/coil cut/parallel selection. What the "2way" did/could do would also depend more on how many poles and throws it has, more so than number of ways you can flip the toggle. If you're going to keep those switches in it, you may want to pull them out long enough to test them and clean any old solder off the lugs (looks like there could be any number of parts broke or just "tired" on that axe) as well as find out what they are. Another thing is, what you or I think is a cool setup might have too many moving parts for your friend. Maybe he can give you a list of what he'd like the setup to do, then somebody here who knows more than I do (pretty much everybody) can tell you if it'll work. (And you can charge your friend big buck$ for the mods. Hee, hee. ;D )
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