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Guitar Pickup Test Leads

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In this instructable I will show you how to make a pair of test leads that can be used with a
multimeter to test your guitar/bass pickups without taking the instrument apart.
I have a website with videos and more info at...
www.guitarTester.com

This tester also can be used to test speakers that are sealed inside a cabinet,
so that you will know the exact Ohm readings with out having to take the cabinet apart.


 
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Step 1: Tools and Material

You will need a basic multimeter
a 1/4" guitar cord jack,
a pair of wire strippers,
a soldering iron,
solder,
and tape.


Step 2: Cutting and Stripping the Test Leads

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First thing you have to do is cut and strip the test leads.
I cut the tips of the test leads off as close as I can so I have the max amount of wire left over.
I'm not worried because I can buy these testers w/ leads for about $5.00

you can find them at...
www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/itemdisplay/displayItem.do

Step 3: Connecting and Soldering the 1/4" Jack

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Next take apart the 1/4" jack and slide the metal outer part over the striped ends of your test leads.
Connect the black test lead to the main part of the 1/4" jack (this is ground)
Connect the red test lead to the center terminal of the 1/4" jack (this is the hot)

Carefully solder the test leads to the 1/4" jack.



Step 4: Finishing the Test Leads

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You may need to tape your solder connections to avoid the test leads from shorting out.
Some 1/4" jacks have a plastic sleeve.
Carefully close the tabs on the 1/4" jack around your test leads.
Tape or sleeve then carefully slide the metal connector over and screw into place.

You are now ready to test your test leads.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this instructable I have a website with Video and More INFO at...
www.guitarTester.com


Hi,

I like this instructable and will do it myself. I do guitar repairs and certainly the guitar tester will be a valuable tool. I tried to get to www.guitartester.com but it seems as though it is down or doesn't exist. Also, I would like to have a set of instructions on how to use it. Thanks for the instructable.
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