Suggested Wiring/Color Codes and Diagrams
A simple drop in replacement using the existing wiring in your guitar is always suggested.
For Bill Lawrence's Hand drawn Wiring Diagrams, Click on any of the diagrams below:
Color Code for Wilde and Keystone Pickups
Single Coil Size for Strat
Neck -- White Wire Hot/Black Wire Ground
Middle -- Green Wire Hot/Black Wire Ground
Bridge -- Red Wire Hot/Black Wire Ground
All Pickups with White/Black/Blue Wires
White Wire -- Hot
Black/ Blue Wires -- Ground
All Pickups with White/Black/Red/Green/Blue Wires
White Wire -- Hot
Black/Blue Wires -- Ground
Red/Green Wires -- Twist together, insulate with shrink wrap or electrical tape for humbucking OR solder to either a push/pull or on/off switch for split coil.
The distance between pickup and string is a very important factor
for output and sound.
As a general rule
for the bridge pickup - put a nickel on top of the pickup under the high
E string and play the highest note on that string. Adjust the height on
that side of the pickup till the string touches the nickel. Repeat the
same with the low E string, but use two nickels on top of each other.
If this gives you too much output, you can reduce the height slightly.
Don't forget that twice the distance will reduce the output by about 60%,
and the sound will lose some lows. NOW, you can adjust the neck pickup
to match the output of the bridge pickup. For the sound test, use stage
Height Adjustment for Steel Guitars
A good starting point for pickup height adjustment:
with 1/8th" spacing at the high strings and 3/16th" spacing at the low
strings, and then you can raise or lower the pickup accordingly, depending
on the instrument, your style of playing, etc. - until it sounds right
to your ears.
Wiring Info for Q-filter
We offer two ways of wiring:
1. Standard Q-tone --The filter takes the place of the standard cap at the tone control.
2.Push-Pull or On Off Switch -- 1st Position is the standard tone and the 2nd position is the q-tone
What Capicators and Resistors should I use?
With Bill's pickups and for simplicity, you can usually try the existing wiring in your guitar as a drop-in replacement. The standard cap is .022mf in most cases. Bill's pickups are very versatile, and most of them can be wired to either 250K or 500K pots which is an easy way to mod their sound. The models over a certain inductance range, like the L-500XL, we advise 500K pots or higher. Because Bill calculates all his pickups to avoid a certain harsh midrange peak, the sweet highs are a prominent feature! As a market standard, 250K pots are for singles and 500K pots are for humbuckers. However, Bill personally, as a player, starts with 500K pots on his guitars for both singles and humbuckers. If he needs to reduce its value, he'll wire a resistor over it. For example, a 500K resistor wired over a 500K control will reduce it to 250K.