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Don't worry about which wire should connect to the ground probe. If several attempts are not producing a reading, there is a good chance the winding inside the pickup is broken and will need to be repaired by a qualified technician before you can continue.Take the plastic cover off (if it hasn't fallen off already).Of all of the things that cause confusion about these guitars, perhaps the most common misconceptions about Jazzmasters (and to a lesser extent, the Jaguar) surround the pickups. Go to and type ‘Jazzmaster’ into the search bar, and you’ll get an army of models that have little in common with one another save for the body shape. We’ll also dive in to some definitions and specifics so that you can make an informed choice when you go to buy your next offset guitar.Because they’re so odd-looking and unfamiliar, people have all kinds of crazy ideas about what exactly is going on under the cover. God bless ‘em for introducing more and more models these days with non-standard pickup complements – a qualified win for modders and players seeking variety. Open Coils The Jazzmaster pickup is a true single-coil pickup.Examine the leads to the pickup (on the back of the pickup) to make sure they are soldered well into place.Connect the multimeter probes to the end of the leads on the pickup.
Year Ohms 1954 5.76k 1955 5.89k 1956 5.98k 1957 6.02k 1958 6.20k 1959 5.95k 1960 6.33k 1961 6.19k 1962 6.22k 1963 6.37k 1964 6.25k 1965 5.80k 1966 5.76k 1967 5.88k This chart, compared with the other variables listed above, should help to narrow down the birth date of your pickup. Just finding these pickups is a challenge all its own.Even if one is purchased online at a hefty cost, how can you be sure of its vintage value?For a quick \"how-to\" on getting started with a multimeter, check out this video link: Pickups built after 1965 are still highly desirable and offer unique attributes in each year they were built as the pickup design and manufacturing process was enhanced and perfected.The dating guidelines in this how-to editorial stop after 1967.