Intro: Guitar Pickup Test Leads
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.
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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.
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,
Step 2: Cutting and Stripping the Test Leads
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
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Step 3: Connecting and Soldering the 1/4" Jack
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
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...