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Splice braided shield push-back wire

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Wallaby, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. Wallaby

    Wallaby Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Is there a preferred technique for splicing a pickup lead that is braided shield push-back style to a jumper that is the same?

    I'm referring to the regular old-style braided-shield single-conducter wire lead you'd find on a PAF-style humbucker, with the steel braid being the outermost layer, and with an inner cloth-insulated push-back lead.

    The jumper from the wiring harness is Gavitt 22ga of the same construction.

    I am thinking an approach is to push back the braid pretty far to make it loose and expanded, and trim back the inner lead so that it's shorter than the braid, which is pushed back out of the way. Do the same on the jumper, splice the inner leads insulating with heat-shrink ( or tape ) and then pull the braid back on both wires until they meet and solder the braids together.

    Maybe there's an easier way, or a way that produces neater results?

    Thanks!
     
  2. CFFF

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    I think that the easiest method is to replace the old with new?
     
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    You mean remove the existing lead from the pickup and replace it?

    I've never done that, it seems a little scary!

     
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    Just solder the inner lead together, put shrink wrap tubing on it, and pull the braid over if you want, but frankly, a portion with the braid not covering the core wire has never been an issue for me.
     
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    Would I connect the two sections of braid together somehow?

     
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    If you expect to hear a signal, then yes.
     
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    YES, just a short small jumper wire, or what I do is unravel and twist the end of the braid into a wire shape to solder. By the time you do this the inner is mostly covered any way if you push back the braid, splice the inner, pull the braid to solder it... So basically you were correct, just push it back, then pull it over.
     
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    Any tips for splicing the inner leads together?

    I am thinking just tiny "u" shapes interlocked and soldered would be good - physical strength as well as the solder. Although I expect there to be zero stress on the joint.
     
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    I bought some used burstbuckers with extensions joined. I have not replaced the cables with new but they do not look nice at all.
     
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    I never bend wires backwards for a join. It adds stress and makes it harder to tape or heatshrink. Strip as much back as you need to twist them together in line, then solder.
     
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    Good advice all around - thank you everybody, I appreciate it very much.
     
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