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Teisco ET200 & EP8T Pickup Wiring Diagram

I googled for one of these a while ago, and all I found were a million people looking for the same thing.

I checked several of my Teiscos and this is what I came up with - a pickup wiring diagram for the ET200 “tulip” guitars which should also work for the EP8T Hollow body. Enjoy!

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26 comments to Teisco ET200 & EP8T Pickup Wiring Diagram

  • hey thanks for doing this, i was renovating a neglected del rey this week and this diagram really helped.

  • JG

    I have a Teisco Del Ray Spectrum 2 ET 220 “gold” an ebay guitar I gave $200 for. The tremolo arm and spring are missing and strings are being held up by a long screw. Very rough guitar. My son and I are planning on potting the pickups and adding a guitar fetish Classic Mid Boost/SRV Frequency Expander Board. Some drilling and routing required. I’m going to post the project to youtube. Your wiring diagram will be a big help and save a little time from tracing it out myself.

  • Cloudy

    Sounds cool, I wanna see pics. Check Guitar Fetish for tremolo parts, I like their replacement bridge a lot - sonically it’s a big improvement over the stock trem, not sure how that can be. I plan on doing a P-90 mod to one of my ET’s, so yep, out comes the router. But P90’s and old Teiscos are a killer match - snarly!

  • Dave Vargas

    Dude, I need your help.

    I have a Teisco does not work.

    I need the diagram.

    Please tell me what your email to send pictures of my guitar.

    You can also write to

    Thank you very much.

  • Dave Vargas

    Friend, you can see photographs of my Teisco on this link

    What is the model of this Teisco?

    Approximate year of manufacture?

    Do you have the diagram of this model?

  • Cloudy

    There’s a 2-pickup Teisco diagram on this page.

    Other than that, your best bet for more info is to use the vintage guitar forum link I posted earlier.

    Teisco didn’t keep track of serial numbers very well (if your guitar even has one). They way most people ID models and years is by referring to old catalogs - but since Teisco manufactured guitars for many retailers, that’s hit and miss. The forum above is your best shot. Sometimes you can find a year or range of years.

    For replacement tailpieces, try - they make a really nice one. Bridges are harder to find, but eBay often has pickups, pots, badges, pickguards, etc.

  • Dave Vargas

    Thanks man, I love this guitar, andI bought it for only $40 !!!

  • Dave Vargas

    What is tone cap?

  • Cloudy

    It’s the capacitor soldered to the tone knob which affects the frequency range the tone knob acts upon. If “tone cap” is a new phrase for you, I’d really suggest you get a book on basic electric guitar repair & maintenance. There’s some very good ones out there.

  • JG

    I did not take pics of the project process like I indented. The product results.
    Potted pickups using canning wax and candle wax, red, apple cinnamon scent. Much less feedback than before, but all the way gone.
    Add GFS SRV tone booster, WOW! Much louder and was easy to wire. I did a poor job routing the hole, but the guitar was in rough shape to begin with.
    I’m happy with the end results, sounds better than I thought and had a good time with my son doing it.

  • ethan

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder:) so don’t take this as criticism. The Teisco pickups are not only electromagnetic transducers, they are also acoustical transducers. The electromagnetic part senses the low frequencies and starts to roll off high frequencies at 175Hz. The Acoustical transducer peaks out sensitivity above 4kHz. Together they form a very smooth compound frequency curve. The compound phase response curve is also quite astonishing. I am interested in hearing the potted/non-potted sounds… That is what brought me here:) Cheers! Ethan

  • Cloudy

    I found it really easy to pot them… however, if you don’t like it - can they be un-potted??

  • MS

    Thanks for the diagram. I am a novice with electronics and am thinking about bypassing the switches on my Tulip, turning my tone knob into the bridge volume pot, and making the original volume pot control the volume of the neck pickup. Will I need any extra components to blend the 2 pickups?

  • Cloudy

    I think you’d need some wiring info - I’m not an expert on mods. though I don wonder what a phase switch would sound like…

  • ethan

    Hi Cloudy:) You might be able to “un-pot” them. A method to try might be to put them back in hot wax until they are up to temperature, remove them and keep them at that temperature with a hair dryer. A change in resonant frequency might occur, which might be cool:)

    The construction of a microphone and a standard guitar pickup are essentially the same:

    Microphone: moving coil in a stationary magnetic field.

    Standard Guitar Pickup: stationary coil in a moving magnetic field. (the “magnetically permeable” strings of an electric guitar move the magnetic field.

    I am quite certain that the teisco’s I have seen generate their output through a combination of the moving magnetic field and the moving coil. Other than that, I am still quite perplexed and amazed by these wonderful sounding transducers!

    Cheers! Ethan

  • Gary

    i’m half way through a rewire of a ET200 but i’m wanting to expand on the sound options, only problem is although the wiring worked fine before hand I’ve had my multi meter out and can only find a reading between the green and red. green is earth and red reads around 5k but i get nothing from the blue wire with either of the other two do you know if its a tap or something else i’m having little joy finding anything on the net, and any help or advice would be great.

    thanks, Gary

  • Cloudy

    I can’t help ya Gary - all I know is the diagram is how my ET is wired. Doubt it would be a tap since those pups are single coil, far as I know there’s hot, negative and a separate ground, but I am not wiring master. I think the only possible sound option would be to invert the phase of one pup with a switch, which is a simple thing to do and can use a DPDT mini switch. Since they’re single coils, that’s seems like the only option.

  • David

    Hey Cloudy - First, thanks for the wiring diagram! It sure came in handy in my recent rewiring of my ET-200. I want to mention one difference with the way the tone pot is wired. I found a huge improvement in the functionality of the tone by wiring the cap to the first outside lug, and grounding off the middle lug. Basically reversing the lugs used on the tone pot in your diagram. Gets a much wider range of tones this way! Also, I found .02 uF of polystyrene cap to sound the best, to me. Cheers.

  • Dan

    Not sure if this is still active but I wanted to know what the wire colors represent (grounds etc) and if you were to rewire would there need to be three wires like in this schematic?

  • Cloudy

    The green is ground (you’ll notice those solder directly to the pot cases) and gray is bare uncoated wire. As far as number of wires, this is how the Teisco’s were manufactured. I’ve owned pickups with different combinations of wires, you may have to experiment if you’re not sure. Check David’s post just above yours for some more tips, too. Good luck!

  • Dan

    Alright, what are the red and black wires? Just wondering.
    Thanks for the help again.

  • Diego

    I have a Kimberly two tone, it has the exact same circuit, the only difference is that this one has an extra volume pot, I’m guessing for each pickup, my question is, how do you think the circuit goes with that single difference? Also, what are the specs on the tone capacitor? Thanks.

  • hello,
    i an restoring a teisco bass; similar wiring setup per your diagram..
    wondering why you suggest 500k pots as 250k are recommended for single coil pickups. the pickups i have measure 2200 ohms. do you suggest a cap value?
    best regards,

  • Cloudy

    Not suggesting any value of pot at all. Just showing what is in my guitars, for people who get one incomplete, etc. If you google the 250 vs 500, you’ll find a pretty wide range of experiences and tastes and the pot value should come down to “what works, what sounds good” (though matching the track resistance to the pickup impedance seems to be the best match). Have no idea what value the ancient tone pot is, but I do know where it goes now…

  • Kevin

    I wasn’t sure if you received my email from before. However, I have a 1969 Teisco Silvertone hollow-body. The pickup wiring seems the same just like this one however the hollow-body that I have has a 3-way switch. I was wondering if you may know how to wire it with a 3-way switch. For greater details it has a neck/bridge pickup with a tone/volume pot and a 3-way switch. If you could help that would be amazing.

  • Cloudy

    I just copied the wiring from my guitars, the same across 2 solids and a hollow. I’m not a wiring master, I’d look up various 3-way diagrams on line. Seymour-Duncan has a wiring library where you choose your configuration of pickups and pots from a menu and the wiring is displayed, hunt around for that and it should give you a starting point.

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