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How to wire a guitar pickup to instrument cable/ rheostat? Answered

I have been wanting an acoustic pickup but don't really want to buy one. I had an old tele neck pickup with a white and red wire and an instrument cable that has one jack taken off and the ground and hot contact exposed.

I tried different configurations of the red and white wires to the hot and ground of the instrument cable but all it did was stop buzzing and no sound came out.

I think I might need a volume and i have a leftover rheostat but I'm not sure how to wire it, If I could avoid wiring a volume completely and just go from pickup to cable that would be great but I'm not sure how. Help please??


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8 years ago

You don't need a volume control for the pickup to work--it's just handy to have one.

There's a problem somewhere in your signal chain--either the pickup, the cable, or the amplifier.