Need help with wiring MMK53s

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Need help with wiring MMK53s

Post by BrunoB on Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:56 pm

Hi Everybody,
I got a Paduak II at a garage sale that has two MMK53s in it. The tone controls were gone and all the wiring was globbed on the volume control. I am going to try to put it back to being 1 volume, 2 tones and a 3-way pickup selector. The MMK53s have a red wire, a white wire, and a ground. All the diagrams I find show 4 wire humbuckers and I don't know how it is done with the wiring that I have. If anybody could help me, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Bruno

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Re: Need help with wiring MMK53s

Post by gittarasaurus on Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:23 pm

the white wire is humbucker output

the red wire is the center connection between the humbucker's coils.
the red lead is connected to ground by a switch for coil tap to make it single coil output. if you do not want to use a coil tap option, simply insulate the ends of the red wires and leave unconnected.

shield wire is ground

a cheap, simple multimeter is very helpful to verify the coil connections on your pickups

Here is a wiring diagram you can use for one volume and 2 tones with 3-way switch

oh, and BTW, we love pictures...

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Re: Need help with wiring MMK53s

Post by BrunoB on Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:32 pm

Thanks gittarasaurus for the info. Is the MMK53s considered a good sound for single coil option?
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Bruno

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