Need Pickup Wiring Help!! Putting USA 8515 pickups in SE Custom 24

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  1. DustinCo

    DustinCo New Member

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    Hey everyone, could use some help here. I have a 2018 SE Custom 24 that has a 3 way blade switch, volume, and push/pull coil tap/split (same thing?). I recently purchased some used American made 8515 pickups from a buddy to install in my SE, I planned to install them the exact same way as the original ones, which is switch is Treble, treble & Bass, and bass and then same when the push/pull is out, but split coils/taps.

    so, everything was going good, got the back open to plan my attack and ran into a snag. The original G&B SE 8515s pickups have 5 wires (one bare) vs the USA PRS 8515 pickups which have 2 wires (3 with braided shield considered as one).

    my question is, how can I install these so that the USA 2 or 3 wire pickups function identical to the original 5 wire pickups with only 2 wires? PRS support said to use black as “hot”, white as tap/split, and the braided shield as ground. If that’s the case, why do the Korean ones have 5 wires?

    Any help or even better, schematic showing the wiring for these 2 wire US pickups in the SE would be awesome!! The guitar has 1 volume knob, 1 PRS Push/pull tone knob, 3 way blade switch, and output jack. Appreciate any help! Will try to attach pictures of what I have soon, but can’t figure out how to post them now, so I’ll follow up. Thanks!!!
     
  2. DustinCo

    DustinCo New Member

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    Sorry, here is what the pickups have coming off them as wiring goes:
    US 8515:
    -1 Black wire with steel braided shield covering
    -1 White

    SE 8515s:
    -1 Black
    -1 White
    -1 Green
    -1 Red
    -1 Bare
     
  3. Callan

    Callan hack guitarist..

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    With 4 wires you have a few more options, such as series/parallel switching.
    But with the switching you are after, you don't need those extra options.
    Maybe have a look at this, should be close to what you need:
    http://www.prsguitars.com/documents/mccarty_2017.pdf
     
  4. DustinCo

    DustinCo New Member

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    Awesome, thanks!! Think you’re right, seems like if I use the black as hot and white as split it should work. Guess I can always try and if it doesn’t work, go from there. Thanks for the help!!
     
  5. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    The neck and ground wires can be different colors for the bass and treble pickups, at least on the 4-conductors. So if it all sounds weird, then they’re out of phase.
     
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