Wiring color conventions - what's your method?

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Wiring color conventions - what's your method?

tracer03
Trying to get better organized with my builds - specifically, the internal wiring, and I was wondering if anyone used a certain color coding 'convention': obviously red and black for power, and I have been using white for un-effected (input) signal and blue for signal out (from board).

After that, though...*shrug*. I know it can be 'whatever you like/works for me/etc.'...but trying to color-code as much as possible helps me to identify the circuit path a bit better. As in, I can look in the guts and see 'purple' wires and know that they're from the tone pot, the green is for signal to/from the jacks, and so on.

I was just wondering if there was any kind of convention or precedent for the 'other' wiring paths, or if I'm over-complicating things.

Thanks, all.
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heuermh
Not sure if there is a common convention, I use

Red 9v +
Black 9v -
Green input audio
Purple output audio
White and yellow pots/switches/other bicolor LED leg
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Silver Blues
I do

Red = power
Black = ground (or green for ground in circuits with a dual supply voltage)
Blue = anything in the signal path
Yellow = pots
White = switches or anything else not covered by the above
I stand watching the steam-liners roll by...
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moda
Red and black for pos and ground
Green input Brown output and then whatever takes my fancy for pots. On an input gain pot i generally stay with green.
Then again its entirely up to the individual. No right or wrong imho.

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dan.schumaker
+9V            Red
Ground        Green
Input          White/Yellow
Output        Black

Pot Lug 1    White/Yellow
Pot Lug 2    Black
Pot Lug 3     Red
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Marbles
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I just.. use the colors used in the layouts haha.
Blue for volume and output, yellow for gain etc.

I like to use one color, makes it look more tidy(to me) but because writing on in is less tidy to me too, I get way confused when testing or debugging.

Plus, for each and every friend I built a pedal, I wrote a message on the inside, and no one has ever noticed it. So I stick to the colors in the layout.
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rocket88
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For me There's really only 3 consistencies I follow. Red and black for positive and ground respectively, and input and output jacks white. Other than that I keep wires from each pot the same, and try to avoid repeats. For me just doing that I can quickly debug layouts and ensure connections are going to the right places.

I also leave notes on all by builds for customers, plus put there name, build date, my signature, and sometimes a drawing.
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Highsmith
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I use the 22 gauge solid core from Tayda.

I use white for the input.

I use green for any "gain" or "fuzz" or "distortion." This is because green means go, and also that song "Green Fuzz" by the Cramps.

I use yellow for tone.

I use red for 9V+, and black for the ground.

I use blue for volume and output. Sometimes red though.
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Chris60601
Pre bonded 24 gauge

V - Red
G - Black
I - Green
O - Blue

Pots:
Lug 1 - White
Lugs 2 & 3 Gray

Switches - Yellow

currently moving to pre bonded, 22 gauge
Yeah, 220, 221. Whatever it takes.
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PMowdes

I use
Red: 9v
Black: GND
Yellow: IN
Green: OUT

And for pots / switches I use

Blue: lug 1
Brown: lug 2
Purple: lug 3
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Muadzin
Red: Powah!
Black: Ground (used to use blue for a long while)
In and out: shielded wire (used to be grey)
Lug 1: yellow
Lug 2: white
Lug 3: green
switches: brown, orange blue, purple, grey and whatever else I need.

In the old days of when I started out with BYOC kits I used the same color wire for everything, as you only got a single color strand with your kit, but that obviously makes tracing a nightmare. I buy my wire from Smallbear but it did took some time to finally get all the available colors, as shipping costs and customs duties meant I had to keep the orders small to only two rolls of wire each time.
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kuzieem
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9v+  Red
Input Blue
Output Yellow
Ground Black
Pots:
Lug1 Black/Brown/White
Lug2 Red
LUG3 any other available (Green/Yellow or Blue)
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MOPO
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Hello ,

For the potentiometer not to deceive me I always do like this:

paw 1 = Blue
paw 2 = White
Paw 3 = Red

Easy to remember it is the red white blue flag of my country France in the order

For the mass black
For the red +

for the in jack the green
in blue circuit footswitch

the jack out the yellow
the out circuit the orange

led - the black
the + the red

sometimes of course I make changes but not for the potentiometers and for the more and the less.
the in and out also it is well in my habits now :)

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