Westone Thunder IA bass wiring
This is a diagram of the wiring
in my 1982 Thunder IA bass.
The volume and passive tone pots are 500K log, the active tone pot is 500K with a centre detent, the tone
capacitor is 0.022
microfarad Mylar. The dual tone and active on/off switches are DPDT mini toggle switches
For convenience, white wires are shown as green
4 - This wire connects to the
switched earth connection on the jack socket (The power circuit is
completed when a jack is inserted)
1 - This is the earth wire to the bridge.
2 - This wire connects to the
centre connection on the D/G pickup, a second black wire runs from
there to the centre connection on the E/A pickup
3 - This wire connects to the pickup backplate
The original wiring of this circuit is unnesessarily complex, a simpler version is shown below.
Wire A now runs directly to the
body of the active tone pot. Since all the pots and switches are
mounted on a metal plate, if any one of the pot or switch bodies is
earthed then they all are, there is absolutely no need to solder this
wire to the switch bodies as well.
The red and blue wires at point B were soldered to the middle bottom
terminal of the active on/off switch in the original wiring diagram,
and there was a wire link between the top and bottom left terminals. If
these wires are soldered to the top left terminal as shown, the wire
link is redundant and can be omitted. (the switch will still function
in exactly the same way, but with fewer solder connections to be made)
Page last updated 2nd December 2007