Wiring help - grounding question

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  1. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    If the hot wire of a pickup and a wire leading to ground both led into the ground of another pickup (like I tried to show in the attached drawing), what would happen?
    Would there be a ground loop? Would the first pickup be shorted out?
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  2. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    The pickup on the left has both ends of its winding connected to ground, so it is completely shorted and won't contribute to the output.

    If you break the ground connection between the two pickups (remove the ground symbol on the right in your diagram) then the pickups will be in series and both will contribute to the guitar's output.
     
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    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    I must have asked that once before 'cause I'm looking at the innards of my Strat right now and when I wired it up last year, I obviously went out of my way to prevent that layout.
    Thanks for telling me again :oops::)
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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