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Bolt+ Wiring Question

Postby dunicus » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:26 am

I'm preparing to install some new pickups on my Carvin Bolt+ (HSH). In examining the current unmodified state of the control cavity everything makes sense to me except for one thing - the cable for connecting the bridge to ground is soldered onto the shielding tape, but the rest of the common ground is connected the "normal" way via the volume pot through to the tone and then to the output jack. Nothing else is soldered to the shielding tape. Is this correct? If so, why does this work?

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Re: Bolt+ Wiring Question

Postby wickid » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:20 pm


I don't know why they do it that way, other than maybe location of the shielding to the bridge p/up leads???
But I believe the bridge itself is also grounded to the tape, and I think that's why it works. Where does the "common" ground connect to? (I'm thinking the shield as well, but may be wrong on that.)
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Re: Bolt+ Wiring Question

Postby dunicus » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:08 pm

wickid wrote:
I don't know why they do it that way, other than maybe location of the shielding to the bridge p/up leads???
But I believe the bridge itself is also grounded to the tape, and I think that's why it works. Where does the "common" ground connect to? (I'm thinking the shield as well, but may be wrong on that.)


After a bit more reading I think you are right - it works because the pots are touching the shielding tape even if there isn't an explicit solder connection. The good news, then, is that it should be pretty easy to swap pickups myself. Thanks!


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