The best sites I have found for easy to follow wiring diagrams are the Seymour Duncan site
and the Artec sound pdf that can be found here
If anybody has found any other good wiring sites please post them so we can all access them.

Views: 1004

Replies to This Discussion

This is excellent David!
Kent Armstrong have a wiring page which is far less extensive BUT might be just the thing for people who are making a simple CBG and are less experienced and want a more pictorial diagram.
Mind you OK nothing to do with CBGs but the Danelectro diagram is wrong! If it's for a U2 anyway as they're odd bcz they're wired in series not parallel!
Not a standard Gibson style switch!
There has been a relevant posting on the general forum by Michael Gadjeski on "Diy effects for beginners"
I have added the link here
it links to other sites with schematics foe guitar effects.

Sorry Ray but the site seems to be having a problem and your post (along with several others) are not visible. 

Trying to get a wiring diagram for a 3 way switch, 2 pickup, 2 volume pots, master tone pot to output jack.. Please help, my first build and it has been a pain... To much experimenting and lack of tools.. Essential tremor worse and hard to hold my hands still ... Stuck in the house sucks.. Thanks,

I have started my 12 weeks of our house isolation with my wife and 2sons so it will give me something to do. (Government advice in U.K.).

What kind of 3 way switch is it Ray? Les Paul type, strat type, strat import type or other?

If unsure link to a photo on the internet or post a photo please.

Also what kind of pickups? How many wires does each pickup have?

Once I know these answers I should be able to draw something up for you. I am in the UK so several hours ahead of the USA. Off to bed soon so will sort it out tomorrow (or somebody else may chip in sooner :0)).

Thanks David.. I have been in the house for a month and weeks to go... Trying to wire up single coil in the neck position, piezo in the bridge both have two wires, separate volume control for each one then a master tone control to the output jack..
My first build and don't know how to play, but needed something to occupy my time during the winter since I am disabled and the cold hurts... Summer I shoot airguns off the bench. Tremors make it a challenge..

Hi Ray,

Usually people tend to use a 250 K pot for a single coil and either 250k or 500 k for the disc piezo.
On the volume pots the 3 lugs are lug 1 hot in, lug 2 hot out, lug 3 is connected to ground (usually by bending the lug up and back so it touches the side of the pot and soldered into place, the back of the pot is in turn wired to ground.

The 3 way looks nothing like the picture but look at the bottom of it to see how the connections are like the diagram. Note you wire to the opposite side connection on the 3 way to the position of the pickup as per the diagrams this way the toggle points to the pickup position you have selected.

The tone is wired as per your wishes via the jack socket terminals. Due to the physics of the piezo the usual pot/cap combo used for an electric guitar tone has little effect on a piezo (they make a high pass circuit letting higher frequencies through). With this circuit you will get a working tone with the single coil but single coil + piezo or piezo it will give little tonal control.  You will get 3 different and useable sounds though.

Tone control capacitor for a single coil is normally 22 or 47 nF (0.022uF or 0.047uF) personal choice and the 47 rolls off more of the upper frequency than the 22. Pot value either 250k or 500k,

Note pots can be log (=alpha) or linear (= beta). Some debate as to what is better for volume or tone. Hearing works on a log scale so I tend to go for log pots to mirror my hearing. Linear pots will work too but more effect over a smaller part of the pot range. Some players like this as it means a quicker response playing live. For tone I prefer linear so a bigger range to work with, other prefer less. All down to personal choice but either type will work.

Strings ground means especially for single coils you need to find a way of running a wire to the strings and connecting to the ground side of your circuit. It helps reduce the electric mains hum the strings detect.

If you have never soldered before wear long sleeves and eye protection.  It is rare but the solder can spit. To help the solder stick to the back of the pot rub the back with a file or sand paper - it has an oily coating that can stop a proper solder joint to form. Check on YouTube for how to solder. A cheap multimeter costs only a few dollars and ones with a continuity detector function lets you test each solder joint as you go. If you need something to help hold the bits as you solder check out “helping hands” on Amazon or eBay - moveable clips and a built in magnifying glass.

There are 3 photos - complete circuit, the positive wires, the negative wires so you can see what goes where. On the complete circuit the hatched triangle indicates a point to join all these wires to the common ground and ultimately the sleeve of the jack socket.

Good luck. If anything isn’t clear please ask.

Kind regards,

David L

Thanks David !


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Discussion Forum

No Volume

Started by Steve Bookout. Last reply by BrianQ. Jun 15. 15 Replies

External Power Adapter- How To

Started by BrianQ.. Last reply by BrianQ. Jun 23, 2020. 3 Replies

Wiring diagrams

Started by David L.. Last reply by Ray Stanis Mar 24, 2020. 11 Replies

Wickedbucker + Piezo +Volume Jack

Started by Adam Jellison. Last reply by Paul Craig Feb 28, 2020. 9 Replies

Psycho knob install

Started by bizzaro guitaro. Last reply by Paul Craig Jan 31, 2020. 16 Replies

Splitting P-Bass pickups?

Started by John Mark Perchalski. Last reply by Paul Craig Jan 30, 2020. 3 Replies

Output method

Started by Holly Hodson. Last reply by KOOL DOG HOOCH Sep 22, 2019. 5 Replies

Creackle from Volume and Tone pots

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by KOOL DOG HOOCH Sep 22, 2019. 4 Replies

Dealing with hum...

Started by James Pobog. Last reply by KOOL DOG HOOCH Sep 22, 2019. 6 Replies

Copper foil tape as shield.

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Arthur Payne May 2, 2019. 5 Replies

Why have a switch?

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by ILL GREEN Apr 12, 2019. 3 Replies

Problem with second-hand amp.

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Arthur Payne Apr 2, 2019. 5 Replies

Added the CB Gitty “Psycho Knob”

Started by Tim Pannabecker. Last reply by Paul Craig Mar 8, 2019. 16 Replies

Lipstick pickup and Telecaster neck pickup. What goes where?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Mar 1, 2019. 12 Replies

Wiring CB Gitty Black Ice Single Coil

Started by ILL GREEN. Last reply by ILL GREEN Jan 9, 2019. 5 Replies

Minimal effect from volume or tone pot

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 21, 2018. 9 Replies

Problem posting discussion

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Paul Craig Dec 17, 2018. 2 Replies

Vol, tone, 3 way toggle and 2 single coils?

Started by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear. Last reply by Paul Craig Nov 25, 2018. 20 Replies

two picksups - both or separate

Started by Reynhard Boegl. Last reply by Reynhard Boegl Sep 27, 2017. 8 Replies

Psycho knob

Started by bizzaro guitaro. Last reply by bizzaro guitaro Sep 19, 2017. 4 Replies

Blog Posts

Mr. Bells

Posted by Stephen Cohen on September 4, 2021 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Bookie's Poor Man's Dobro

Posted by Steve Bookout on July 18, 2021 at 2:04pm 3 Comments

Get your groove on for free

Posted by François on July 13, 2021 at 3:05pm 1 Comment

Soon to be free to play more

Posted by Danny Gordon on June 14, 2021 at 1:06pm 4 Comments

Latest Activity

Cigar Box Blues commented on Gary O'slide's video
1 hour ago
Jerry Jordan replied to Uncle John's discussion Dave Lynas needs prayer and good thoughts and wishes
1 hour ago
Jerry Jordan commented on T-Gripped's photo

AF box

"This is the kind of guit I like to build and play,. You did a great job.! Nice striping on the FB"
1 hour ago
Glenn Kaiser replied to Uncle John's discussion Dave Lynas needs prayer and good thoughts and wishes
"Thx Uncle John. Continuing to pray for Dave and his wife and family. -Glenn"
6 hours ago
Gary O'slide posted a video
6 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Rob Uker's photo

Campground Ukes

"I can see why Rob! Your ukes are cool!"
9 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on T-Gripped's photo

AF box

"Arturo Fuente boxes are pretty much the perfect size for a CBG! I agree with Uncle John. Though…"
9 hours ago
Uncle John commented on T-Gripped's photo

AF box

"I can only give you Cs on this one. Clean, Classy and Classic. Excellent."
10 hours ago
Uncle John commented on Mark E. Martinsen's photo


"Cool pics and guitars!"
10 hours ago
Uncle John replied to Uncle John's discussion Dave Lynas needs prayer and good thoughts and wishes
"Dave Lynas's home town (Duluth) friend, Tony, was kind enough to tell me that Dave's…"
10 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Korrigan's video

Justine, the tenor guitar, GDAD

"Great choice of a song to cover Korrigan! One of my favorite songs. Outstanding arrangement, guitar…"
11 hours ago
GARAGE HERMIT liked Doug Thorsvik's video
11 hours ago


© 2021   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->