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Brassington2 10-21-2012 02:40 PM

4 Lead Humbucker conversion
So.... Im in the process of making a frankenstein guitar. What I mean by this is Im using left over parts I have laying around. Nothing all that special but I enjoy modding guitars. Im planning on wiring it up like the Fender Blacktop Strat with split coils. I have sitting here a pair of humbuckers that I will be converting to 4 lead. Easy enough task but I now have a lingering question that I need some help finding the answer.

Are humbucker leads 24 gauge or 28? I believe they are 28 but before I go ordering the wire Id like to make sure. If you can help me out or better yet, know of a site to get some cheap that would be even better. I found 28 gauge in a 10ft section on ebay for $11 shipped but its my only option at this moment.


Viban 10-21-2012 02:57 PM

Don't quote me on this, but I don't think it matters actually, so long as it doesn't cause voltage drop. I'd wait for a second opinion though.

Brassington2 10-21-2012 03:25 PM

I have no worries about either causing any type of electrical issue. My main concern is if I were to get 24 gauge it may not be as flexible or fit through the base plate. The 24 looks a little thick so Im leaning toward the 28.

seljer 10-21-2012 05:02 PM

I recommend using some kind of shielded 4 or 5 conductor cable instead of seperate wires.

Brassington2 10-21-2012 05:44 PM

Thats exactly what Im gonna use.... but there are a few gauges to choose from. This is the one im leaning towards now...

28 Gauge

Viban 10-21-2012 11:56 PM

I've heard of people using USB cable if you've got any laying around, in fact I think the guy who made the thread saying how to make a 4 lead out of a 3 lead said that.

Brassington2 10-22-2012 09:46 AM


That sounds interesting and I know I have a ton of usb cables laying around. Either that or the local dollar store has them. Hmmmm, Ill look into that, thanks.

Brassington2 10-22-2012 04:11 PM

Well here is the answer to your suggestion Viban.... :D


My converted USB cable...

Ready to solder...

Time to assemble....


Turned out great... To finish the look I want, I'm going to run some chrome covers but this pair is 50mm neck and 52mm bridge. Did find a pair on Ebay, but I hate ordering from China. Anyone know of a US seller that has what I need for a decent price?

Thanks again Viban, save me some time and money. :)

Viban 10-22-2012 06:43 PM

Any time man, I like to be helpful. I have a feeling these are the covers you'll be wanting.

Excellent wiring job by the way, much cleaner than I could have done.

Brassington2 11-16-2012 10:13 PM

Ok bringing this one back to the top for a question.

Finally received the covers I ordered. I plan to pot them and am wondering would it be best to solder the covers down as well or do you suggest one or the other but not both?

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