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I have a L-500L in my bridge, just got a L-500R for my next, put the 500r in and it's not sounding right - no lows, and is making ground noise whereas my bridge does not.

 

Neck is wired like the bridge, minus the blue wire which the neck doesn't have:

 

White - hot

Black - ground + shielding connected to back of volume pot

Red and Green connected together and taped off.

 

Everything is as it should be, I fooled with my selector switch and it doesn't seem to be that, was working fine prior to pickup swapping.

 

Neck is a BL USA whereas the bridge is an older BL pickup.

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Thanks!!!!!!!!


Yes, what are the differences between the two?

Imagine if Israel and Palestine had worked together designing a pickup called the Jerusalem and then parted ways at some point and you'll have the jist of the level of confusion, fingerpointing and mess that is involved with Bill Lawrence pickups.

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Imagine if Israel and Palestine had worked together designing a pickup called the Jerusalem and then parted ways at some point and you'll have the jist of the level of confusion, fingerpointing and mess that is involved with Bill Lawrence pickups.

 

:lol: Now THAT is the perfect answer. LOL!

 

To the OP, what pots do you have in the guitar? The BL (originals) sound best with a 500k, not 250k.

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Whether a miswiring is your problem or not, I find the following helpful in ALL of my wirings:

 

 

If you've ever bought or been given a pickup and wanted to know how it should be connected, this tip should help. I will explain the process for a single coil but the SAME principle applies to HBs. If it is a 2 wire you will do it for the pickup as a whole, for a 4 wire HB you should do each coil separately.

 

Tools needed: multimeter (MM) that can read DC, screwdriver (metal).

 

1. First, connect the MM across the leads in resistance mode to make sure that you have a complete coil (this might be especially important for 4 wire HBs).

 

2. Connect the MM across the coil leads in DC mode (if you have to set the sensitivity, some MMs do this automatically go for the most sensitive setting).

 

3. Tap the coil with the screwdriver. Actually, it is not really necessary to touch it, but you must bring the metal of the screwdriver within the coil's field. When you do this, the meter will jump either positively or negatively. When you remove the screwdriver from the field, the meter should jump in the opposite direction.

 

4. Record the color leads connected to the + side of the voltmeter and the - side. Call the lead connected to the + side of the meter when the voltmeter jumps + the positive side of the coil. Actually, I may have + and - reversed here, but it really doesn't matter ALL THAT MATTERS is that all the pickups you install get installed the SAME WAY. On 2 wire pups, however, if one of the leads is a shield, call that the - lead (sheilds should always go to ground).

 

5. Repeat for every other coil/pickup. If the next coil/pcikup makes the needle jump negative when you touch it with the screwdriver, then whatever lead you have connected to the - side of the voltmeter is the + lead for that coil/pickup.

 

When you are done you will know the + and - side of each coil/pickup. In order to make sure what you are installing is in phase with what is already in your guitar, check it too.

 

I didn't invent this, I got it from a book. But it has made me NEVER have to guess how to wire a pickup!

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