I want to install a humbucker pickup in my Cigar box guitar, can I just buy a loose humbucker and endpin jack and sold them together, or do I need the volume and tone nobs per sé?

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Comment by Blues Frog on March 25, 2017 at 10:53pm

Yes you can wire it without volume or tone controls. You just get straight sound that you have to adjust at the amp, or through effects pedals.

Comment by Paul Craig on March 24, 2017 at 11:43am

I was using the term "Loop", but wasn't speaking of an actual loop. All componets should be grounded and linked together. Sorry for the misuse of terms. :)

Comment by ChickenboneJohn on March 24, 2017 at 3:01am

There's couple of posts about grounding...all well and good and useful to know, but a "ground loop" is a fault that can cause problems with picking up hums and buzzes. You do NOT want to create a ground loop!  A ground loop is where there's more than one path to the ground connection. You want continuity with your ground connections, ie everything that should be grounded needs to be properly grounded, by the simplest and most direct route...but a ground loop..NO!!!!  Apologies about being nit-picking, butting in and correcting this point, but if advice or the terminology is wrong, it needs sorting. Plain and simple - grounding is good, a "ground loop" is not.

As for your pickup, wire direct to the jack, ground the strings and away you go playing at full volume! No problems!!

Comment by Paul Craig on March 23, 2017 at 2:22pm

Yes, it's a good idea to ground the strings. You should have a "ground loop"  meaning all the pots, strings and jack should have a ground link.

Comment by Moritz Voegeli on March 23, 2017 at 4:47am
Comment by Paul Craig on March 23, 2017 at 3:14am

Don't need the volume and tone if you don't mind adjusting the amp all the time.

This is why people like having those controls. You set the guitar's volume and tone pots at 7, then set your amp controls for the right sound/sweet spot. This allows you to turn the volume down if you want or the the tone lower for those quiet soulful notes. Also allows you to turn up the volume and tone for louder and brighter lead parts. All from your guitar without having to change the settings on your amp that you've dialed in for the perfect tone.

It depends a lot on your style of playing. If you just turn every knob up all the way on a guitar, then the pots don't matter.

Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on March 23, 2017 at 2:43am
Echo that. You can definitely do it, but will then have to shape your tone and vary your volume exclusively at the amp, or in intervening stomp boxes. Some people do it that way; others like the ability to tweak at the guitar, and use the knobs for old-school effects and techniques.
Comment by Moritz Voegeli on March 22, 2017 at 8:53am

... and Erasmo is not alone with his decision to keep it simple.

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