#1
Ok, so I have an Epiphone Explorer Goth, with Dual Al Nico 50's Classic Humbuckers. I would like to change one for an EMG. How would I do this? Would it require alot of wiring?

I've only just turned 15 and I've been playing 5 odd years but I know nothing of this.
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Digitech Whammy IV
Mics:
Beyerdynamic M69TG
#3
it shouldn't be so hard. just some basic wiring and soldering. look over some wiring diagrams before hand
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#4
I'm very.. Uhm.. Well I don't understand diagrams well..
Anyway, I wanted an EMG Active PU. I have a 3 way PU selector if that helps.
Equipment:
Guitars:
Epiphone Explorer Goth
Squier Stratocaster
Amps:
Peavey Bandit 112 80w
Peavey KB300 130w
Park Marshall 15w
Pedals:
Digitech Whammy IV
Mics:
Beyerdynamic M69TG
#5
^ NO.

EMG's are active. Alnicos in the Epigoth's are passive. It's not just soldering. There IS a way to combine passive and active, but it's not that simple.

Mixing active and passive pickups:
(Copied from EMG's Site)

This from EMG's website:

Can I mix EMGs with passive pickups?
It is possible to mix EMG's with passive pickups.
There are three possible wiring configurations; one is better than the other two.

1.Use the high impedance (250K-500K) volume and tone controls.
The problem is that the high impedance controls act more like a switch to the EMG's.
The passive pickups, however, will work fine.
If you have a guitar with two pickups and two volume pots, with a three-way switch, there is another alternative.
Use the 25K pots for the EMG, and the 250K or 500k pots for the passive pickup.
This way you can use one or the other with no adverse affects,
but with the switch in the middle position the passive pickup will have reduced gain and response.

2.Use the low-impedance (25K) volume and tone controls provided with the EMG's.
The problem here is that the passive pickups will suffer a reduction in gain and loss of high-frequency response.

3.This is the best alternative.
Install an EMG-PA-2 on the passive pickups. There are two benefits to doing this.
With the trimpot on the PA-2, you can adjust the gain of the passive pickups to match the EMG's.
The PA-2 acts as an impedance matching device so you can use the low-impedance EMG controls (25K) without affecting the tone
of the passive pickups.
You will also be able to use other EMG accessory circuits such as the SPC, RPC, EXB, EXG, etc.
For this application, we recommend ordering the PA-2 without the switch for easy installation on the inside of a guitar.
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#6
You'd have to replace the PU selector with an off/on switch.

When pressed down, turns on the EMG and turns off the Classic, then when up turns off the EMG and turns on the Classic. Then from there, I'd just wire it with two different volume puts (25k for EMG and 500k for the Classic)

It's possible, I believe.

EDIT:

Nevermind, after reading above post, and looking at wiring diagrams, etc. I've come to conlcusion that my initial post should be able to work, but isn't the only possible way.
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#8
Ok thanks dudes, thanks alot, but I don't want to make you feel like you've wasted your time - but this seems too complicated for me.

I mean, I don't even know what a 25k pot or 500k pot is :S
Equipment:
Guitars:
Epiphone Explorer Goth
Squier Stratocaster
Amps:
Peavey Bandit 112 80w
Peavey KB300 130w
Park Marshall 15w
Pedals:
Digitech Whammy IV
Mics:
Beyerdynamic M69TG
#9
With 2 volume 2 tone guitars, it isn't terribly hard, it just makes using both pickups at once pretty useless. I wonder why everyone always goes on about how difficult it is.
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#10
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Ok thanks dudes, thanks alot, but I don't want to make you feel like you've wasted your time - but this seems too complicated for me.

I mean, I don't even know what a 25k pot or 500k pot is :S



The knobs that alter the volume and tone on your guitar are pots.

Short for potentiometer, the pot is a variable resistor.

When you turn it up, there is more resistance, and less volume can get through.

EDIT: The volume thing is an example... basically anything electronics that changes values is a pot.

Light dimmer, volume knobs, oven heat setting... on and on and on.
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#11
Ok cheers dude. Why do they call them 500k and stuff though? :S

And I just thought of having a light dimmer on my guitar.. rofl
Equipment:
Guitars:
Epiphone Explorer Goth
Squier Stratocaster
Amps:
Peavey Bandit 112 80w
Peavey KB300 130w
Park Marshall 15w
Pedals:
Digitech Whammy IV
Mics:
Beyerdynamic M69TG
#12
there are different values of resistors. 500k means 500 kiliohms (1000 ohms)
250k is only half the resistance of a 500k and 25k is much smaller.

Where do you want the EMG? Neck or Bridge?
I can draw you up a few diagrams (1 for each of the options in metalwarrior40's post)

I have another idea also,
you can buy stacked pots (http://www.guitarelectronics.com/product/CPCS55/CTS_Stacked_Dual_Concentric_Audio_Pot_500K500K.html)

this is what it looks like

you can have the tone on the top and the volume on the bottom or vise-versa for the passive pickups and then the volume and tone like normal for the EMG.
Last edited by guitarcam123 at Jan 13, 2009,