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John Muijen (Johnm)
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 4:59 pm:   


I'm looking for a wiring diagram of an Ibanez 2334 or 2375 stratocaster copy. The previous owner put some active electronic stuff in it and I'd like to bring it back to an original state.


Posted on Friday, September 21, 2001 - 4:09 am:   

Hi John
The wiring of an Ibanez Strat is the same as the standard Fender Strat wiring. It shouldn't be very difficult to search the web for that. Take a good search-engine, type "guitar wiring" or something and there you go...
Greetz, Harry
John Muijen (Johnm)
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2001 - 8:57 am:   

And here are the results:


Aki Rintamäki
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 7:28 am:   

Here are my opinions and the ways I make electronic controls in guitars to serve the guitar itself and make them work for me.

I would definately NOT use the 250k pots stated above. Having three 250k pots makes the treble have only a bit over 80k resistance to the ground, while with 500k pots it would be almost 170k. In english, using 500k pots the guitar would have more presence in the sound.

Another thing, vol pot should be linear in action to get the volume act evenly thru the range 0-10. A logarithmic pot would have a very steep slope around 7-10 having the area 0-7 almost flat in action. The tone pots work better being logarithmic. Having 500k pots with a linear tone pot, around number 3 in the tone dial would be almost equal to a set of 250k pots at 10. Cool fact, huh?

If You use the volume a lot while playing, there are ways to keep the trebles in the sound when turning the volume down. If You want a presenceful 'funk'-tone in lower volumes, and a thicker solo sound at 10, it is possible. Bypassing the volume with a certain combination of capacitors and resistors make this possible.

And if You have a 2-pu bass with a pickup balance pot, the middle position makes resistance of approx 40k in both pickups. The pickups probably have a resistance of only 10k of their own. Makes You think, no? In my bass; volume for the neck pickup that turns to be a volume for bridge when pulled up, plus a master volume.

I will be glad to share what I have found testing different electronics, feel free to ask.

John Muijen (Johnm)
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 4:44 pm:   

Hyvää päivää,

Thanks for your input Aki. I'm sure the above will make the guitar sound better but my goal is to restore the guitar as original as possible.

So, basicly the guitar was already wired like the above diagram (including 250K pots). The only thing I did is take out a bunch of tranistors and stuff as well as a 9 Volt battery connector hidden behind the plastic spring cover on the back of the guitar.

I might give it a go at a non Ibanez guitar though.

Aki Rintamäki
Posted on Monday, October 01, 2001 - 6:51 am:   

Boy, John, You speak great finnish! Erittäin hyvää päivää! :oD

Strats have many standard wirings, even from Fender. Mostly the 500k pot is seen in standard wirings, and the 250k not so often. The schem above might be of a quite special "standard", if You know what I mean. And being an Ibanez, it might have certain variations to the standard Fender wiring. But if You just wanted to take off the active electronics, that is a different story. The pots look almost the same, and the wires go in same places. Hope You managed well in Your goals.

Actually, there were miscalculations in my last message. Since the Strat's tone pots are not in use but in certain positions, overall resistance to ground is what I told ONLY in the 2nd position (neck & mid) of the pickup selector. When using only the bridge pu, the volume pot is the only resistance to ground (besides of the pickup itself, ofcourse). This might even be one reason why the bridge pu in a strat sounds so much more treblish than the others, even if the influence of this particular cause might not be that great.


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