Gilmour Scratchplate Wiring
As the photo shows there are 2 physical cables.
> The thinner green wire feeds through a small hole in the body to the rear compartment where the tremolo springs are located. It should be soldered onto the 'claw' arrangement that holds the springs. This electrically connects the whole bridge and string assembly to the guitars earth point (at the volume control potentiometer body).
> The thicker cable actually contains 2 separate wires. The whole cable feeds through a small sloping hole into the guitar jack socket compartment.
The outer or 'sheath / shield' connection (pre-tinned silver) connects to the jack socket terminal that normally makes electrical contact with the jack plugs body. Plug a jack into the socket and this will be visually obvious.
The inner wire in its own coloured plastic sheath is the actual output signal. It should be connected to the jack socket terminal that will make contact with the jack plugs tip.
Having completed the wiring, its worth a quick test that all is well before screwing everything down / re-stringing etc. Connect your amp and guitar up as normal. Select a pickup on the 5 way switch and with the guitar volume at 3 or 4 and your amp turned low, gently tap the selected pup with a small screwdriver or similar. You should hear a very clear 'thunk' from the speakers (that is why the amp needs to be on low). That confirms that the signal path is correctly wired. There should not be any abnormal hum, noise etc.
The 'tap test' is also a good way to familiarise yourself with which pups are selected via the complex switching circuitry of this plate. The following table is a handy reference.
Toggle Switch Position:
Bridge P Neck
Bridge P Middle
BRIDGE P MIDDLE
Bridge S Middle
Middle P Neck
(all in Series with Bridge)
Bridge S Neck
Gilmour Scratchplate Combination Notes:
xxxxx P xxxxx Means 2 pickups in parallel (i.e. a normal Strat wiring)
xxxxx S xxxxx Means 2 pickups in Series (Hotter 'humbucker like' wiring)
Combinations in red are the highest outputs