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.

Single Coil Pickups

Vintage // Two Wire

Hot = White / Yellow
Ground = Black

Fender N4 noiseless pickup wire color codes
Vintage // Three Wire

Hot = White
Ground = Black
Sheild Ground = Green / Yellow - Send to spare ground slot

Fender N4 noiseless pickup wire color codes
Fender N4 & Ultra Noiseless

Hot= White / Blue / Red
Ground = Black
Sheild Ground = Green - Send to spare ground slot

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 pickup wire color code
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 pickup wire color codes
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 pickup wire color codes
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 pickup wire color codes
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'.

Mojotone & Fender

Mojotone pickup wire color codes
Mojotone

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'.

Fender pickup color codes
Fender

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

To use in Single coil slots: Solder 'black & 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 = green' and 'ground = red'.

Bareknuckle & Suhr

Bareknuckle pickup wire color codes
Bareknuckle

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'.

Suhr pickup wire color codes
Suhr

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'.

GFS & PRS

GFS pickup wire color codes
GFS

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

To use in Single coil slots: Solder 'red & 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 = green' and 'ground = black'.

PRS pickup wire color codes
PRS

Hot = Black
Ground = White
Series 1 = Red
Series 2 = NONE
Bare Pickup Ground = Bare

To use in Single coil slots: Tape off 'red' so it does not ground out on anything. Do not insert to harness.

Send 'bare' wire to a spare ground slot, and use 'hot = black' and 'ground = white'.

Pickup Color Codes