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    Default Attempting to install 2 Duncan Solar humbucker pickups

    Hello everyone! I'm new to this forum, but have been playing guitars since 20 years more less.
    I want to install a pair of Duncan Solar humbucker pickups into my Jackson Dinky JS22-7 guitar (1 volume knob, 1 tone knob, 3-way toggle switch)
    I made some researches on the SD website and found the wiring diagram that would fit best, I think, which I am attaching in this message.
    I'm not the best in the world when soldering, but I've done it a couple times so I think I can do this by myself once again.
    The Duncan Solar pickups had been removed from a Solar 7 string guitar, they're in almost perfect condition.
    Any recommendation ? Am I using the wrong wiring diagram? Thanks!!
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    Default Re: Attempting to install 2 Duncan Solar humbucker pickups

    That schematic should work. You’ll get both Humbuckers full in the middle position, no splitting.

    Good luck with your install and welcome to the forum.
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    Default Re: Attempting to install 2 Duncan Solar humbucker pickups

    Hello Travis, thanks for answerring me so quickly! It's exactly the scenario I want to achieve: no splitting, no coil tapping, no fancy knobs, nothing, just plain neck pickup or bridge pickup or both. Thanks againm let'0s hope!!!

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    Default Re: Attempting to install 2 Duncan Solar humbucker pickups

    yep that diagram will work the way you want it to. Nothing funny. Just a standard neck, both, bridge on the selector. Standard volume and tone.

    Some tips soldering.
    tin the soldering iron tip, this means apply new solder before starting. If the solder cannot melt clean the iron it should be shiny and require no effort to melt

    tin every stripped wire end for the pickups

    if the soldering iron is black at the tip. Chances are it won't heat up to the temperature you need. Try stabbing into some brass looking steel wool or sand away any corrosion with some 400 or so grit sand paper. Don't do this much as I look at it as a learning experience for people to never have the iron tip black again. Once that plating goes on the irons tip every use the irons tip will deform afterwards. But if it's a cheap 10-20$ soldering iron like a basic hobby one I wouldn't be too heart broken. Now a high end Weller or Hakko if someone passed me back a soldering iron work station with a black tip I'd be very angry. Some people use a wet sponge every few solders to keep the iron clean while working but I like my brass steel wool. It was a dollar each with free shipping from China on ebay last time i bought some.

    either way a clean soldering iron with some quality solder means you'll work fast and avoid issues such as over heating volume or tone controls or getting cold solder joints.

    The best approach to taking the old pickups out and putting new ones in from the switch is to pull the old wires away with a hot soldering iron and possibly a pair of needle nose pliers. Cutting the wires short near the switch makes it difficult to pull out the old ones. The best place to pull the old wires out is near the contact as there is little holes and you want to do it on the outside. The old solder will liquify and you can pull the old wires out.

    Make sure the red and white wires are soldered together. Put some tape or heat shrink over them.

    for the green/bare wires if it's a really long stripped bare wire around the green put some heat shrink over it and have just enough for the bare and green wire to attach to the back of the pot

    anywhere on the back of the pot is conductive. If your iron cannot melt a blob of solder on the back of the pot just solder to anywhere else on the pot.

    Before putting the strings back on be sure to tap test the pickup(s) and or switch. Plug in the amp. Turn on a metallica amount of gain and distortion, turn the volume and tone up to 10 on the guitar and tap the tops of the pickups in all 3 switch positions. If you hear a grinding pop like sound when you tap a screw on the pickup in each position you've got sound so string it up. It's time to rock.

    Good luck on your project

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    Default Re: Attempting to install 2 Duncan Solar humbucker pickups

    Come back and let us know how this turns out!
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    Default Re: Attempting to install 2 Duncan Solar humbucker pickups

    The solars are just Duncan distortions with a regular ceramic right?

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    Default Re: Attempting to install 2 Duncan Solar humbucker pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by Bowtomecha View Post
    The solars are just Duncan distortions with a regular ceramic right?
    Not made in the US.
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    Default Re: Attempting to install 2 Duncan Solar humbucker pickups

    More like a Custom 5 I think...

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    Default Re: Attempting to install 2 Duncan Solar humbucker pickups

    Quote Originally Posted by Bowtomecha View Post
    The solars are just Duncan distortions with a regular ceramic right?
    They are Alnico V pickups, equivalent to a 59 / C5 set, rather medium output.

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