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Old 10-21-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 10-21-2012, 02:57 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:25 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:02 PM   #4
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I recommend using some kind of shielded 4 or 5 conductor cable instead of seperate wires.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:44 PM   #5
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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
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:56 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:46 AM   #7
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Viban,

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.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:11 PM   #8
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Well here is the answer to your suggestion Viban....


Before....


My converted USB cable...


Ready to solder...


Time to assemble....


Finished!!!



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.

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #9
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Any time man, I like to be helpful.
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Hardwar...kup_Covers.html 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.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:13 PM   #10
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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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