Pickup
Color Codes

Find pickup wire color codes for different pickup builders


To help get your pickups installed, we have compiled the below list of popular pickup builders and their humbucker pickup color codes.

If your pickup builder is not included below, please check with the manufacturers install instructions.

Our Included 'Technical Terms' guide may also help you work out which wire is which. e.g 'North Start' is often a term used for the 'Hot' wire.

Humbucker Colour Codes

Four Wire - Technical Terms

Hot = North Start
Ground = South Start
Series 1 = North Finish
Series 2 = South Finish
Bare Pickup Ground = Bare Wire

To use humbuckers in single coil slots: Solder two 'series split' wires together, and tape them off so they do not ground out on anything. Send 'bare' wire to a spare ground slot, and use 'Hot' and 'Ground' wires as usual.

Two Wire

Hot = Inner Core
Ground = Outer Braid / Bare Wire

Seymour Duncan & Tonerider

Seymour Duncan

Hot = Black
Ground = Green
Series 1 = White
Series 2 = Red
Bare Pickup Ground = Bare

To use in Single coil slots: Solder 'red and white' wires together, and tape them off so they do not ground out on anything. Send 'bare' wire to a spare ground slot, and use 'hot = black' and 'ground = green'.

ToneRider

Hot = Red
Ground = Green
Series 1 = Black
Series 2 = White
Bare Pickup Ground = Bare

To use in Single coil slots: Solder 'black and white' wires together, and tape them off so they do not ground out on anything. Send 'bare' wire to a spare ground slot, and use 'hot = red' and 'ground = green'.

Gibson, Epiphone & Dimarzio

Gibson & Epiphone

Hot = Red
Ground = Black
Series 1 = White
Series 2 = Green
Bare Pickup Ground = Bare

To use in Single coil slots: Solder 'green and white' wires together, and tape them off so they do not ground out on anything. Send 'bare' wire to a spare ground slot, and use 'hot = red' and 'ground = black'.

Dimarzio

Hot = Red
Ground = Green
Series 1 = Black
Series 2 = White
Bare Pickup Ground = Bare

To use in Single coil slots: Solder 'black and white' wires together, and tape them off so they do not ground out on anything. Send 'bare' wire to a spare ground slot, and use 'hot = red' and 'ground = green'.

Pickup Color Codes

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