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Check out the below pictorial demonstrating the basics of installing your new Pro-Wired Electronics. Use this in conjunction with the install manual provided with your kit.
Take a wire and strip it by 5mm (1/6")
Twist the strands of wire together
Create a tight end with no loose threads
Press the Plug & Play connector button in. Push the wire firmly into the hole
Pull the wire and test for a secure connection
Keep going until all of the wires are in holes
Throw your soldering iron out a window
To get you up and playing quickly, we have compiled our most common questions and answers below.
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What is the trouble?
- Ensure the nuts that came pre-loaded on your board are still in place. These must sit between the board and your control plate or cavity. These should not be removed.
- Check that no part of your Pro-Wired Electronics is touching your guitars cavity or jack cavity. This could cause your signal to short out. Note that some guitars use conductive shielding paint so it is not always obvious.
- Check that all of your wires are installed in the correct slots & are held tight by the Plug, Play & Enjoy Connectors. Check that you are working from the correct end of the connector.
- This is usually caused when two pickups are out of phase witch each other, and is common when using two different brands of pickups in the same guitar. The best fix is to reverse the positions of the hot and ground wires from one of the pickups.
- Before you make the change, take some time to work out which pickup is least likely to interfere with other switch positions. If you have just installed a new pickup, change this one.
- Some hum can be expected from all guitars, especially those with single coil pickups. If you are getting more than usual hum check the following
- Ensure that your bridge and strings are grounded to your Pro-Wired Electronics & that the wires are secure
- Ensure that any cavity shielding is grounded to your Pro-Wired Electronics & that the wires are secure
- Ensure the jack output wires are in the correct slots (refer to your install manual)
- Check that the pickup is working. This applies especially to new pickups.
- Check that all of your wires are installed in the correct slots & are held tight by the Plug, Play & Enjoy Connectors.
- Check that no part of your Pro-Wired Electronics is touching your guitars cavity or jack cavity. This could cause your signal to short out.
- All ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics (Except Les Paul Models) have nuts that hold your control pots onto your ObsidianWire board. Check that these nuts are still in place.
- These act as a spacer between your control plate, and your electronics, preventing them from shorting out. These should not be removed.
- ObsidianWire Pro-Wired electronics are generally made for two wire pickups (with some exceptions). If you have more wires, check with the pickup manufacturer & see what needs to be done with them.
- Check that the neck pickups ground wire & cover ground wires are in the correct slots. If these are reversed, the switching is not able to operate which will leave the neck pickup on in all positions.
- Check that the link between your pickups ground wire & the cover ground wire has been removed
- Check that the switches full length of travel is allowed by the control plate slot. An easy way to do this is to remove the switch from the control plate and see if it works correctly in all four positions.
All Current ObsidianWire Models
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Telecaster® (Pre June 2018)
Les Paul® Archive Models (Pre Oct 2017)
Jazz Bass® Archive Models (Pre Jan 2019)
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.
The Bare Silver Wire Always goes to Ground
Gibson & Epiphone