Humbuckers and one volume pot? HELP!!

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jeff0633, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. jeff0633

    jeff0633 Guest

    Hi folks. Hope I can get some help from the experts. I purchased the
    faded Gibson sG, and played my first gig with it lastnight. Loved how
    it played and sounded, but the dual volume thing drove me nuts. I
    want one volume to control both pups. My friend says, "no problem,
    bring it over". We worked for 3 hours till I was almost in tears. We
    would get both pups working, but the volume control woudn't, then the
    volume working, and one pup not. I know I too one of my old guitars
    I used to have and took it to a guitar tech and he set it up like
    this, but damn if we could. My friend said that the pot only had one
    wiper, and that's why he couldn't get both pups to the one pot, but I
    don't think my other had dual wipers, and the guitar tech did it just
    fine. Do I have to get a dual wiper volume pot for it, or is there a
    way to do this. Please, could anyone give me an easy diagram. many
    dual humbucker guitars come with one volume, so you would think
    diagrams would be easy to find, but I can't find one. All I want is a
    my three way switch and two humbuckers hooked to one volume, I don't
    even care about the tone controls either, if that would be easier, I
    don't use them. He hooked it back up like it originally was, but I
    really want one volume for both pups. Any detailed instructions or
    wiring pic would be great. Will I have to get a volume pot with two
    wipers? Again, if it would be easier to bypass the tone controls,
    that would be even better, but no necessary.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    The trick is to get the pickups wired to the tone controls first, then go to the three-way switch, and then to the volume control before outputing to the jack. Here's a diagram courtesy of Seymour Duncan:
  3. jeff0633

    jeff0633 Guest

    Wow, thanks so much. What a great help. Hope I can return the gesture some day.

    I love this forum.


  4. twon

    twon Guest

    can i ask why you want to have only a single volume control? just convenience? being able to reach and still play? i also have a gibson sg special faded but i really like blending the 2 pickups-theres so much you can do with it...

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