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You are going to have to set that meter for ohms and not k ohm etc. When you check for resistance it should be close to 0. Check the wires one at a time and make sure that they are all pretty close to the same reading. Any one wire that is off from the others is suspect. Be advised that this could be a pickup issue or a signal wire that has floated to ground as opposed to an open ground.
The braided wire is "chassis ground", and should be soldered to the case of one of the pots... the other two are from the coils.
If your guitar has two pickups, you will need to determine which wire is which to determine phase. Different pickup makers use different colors...so you can't tell by the color. One of the colored wires will be tied to ground as well. Hook up the pickup wires one way first (temporarily), then switch them. the louder thicker sounding way is in phase. If it sounds thin, it is out of phase.
Hey, since you are doing this anyway, why not put a phase switch in it?
You can easily find the schematic online. It will double the amount of sounds you can get.
With standard color coding of wiring, the clear coated should be the negative ground. However, this is not always a guaranteed bet. If you just want the pickup polarity, use a meter on ohms or continuity and test each wire to the pickup body, presuming the body is metal. The body should be ground. Otherwise try http://guitarelectronics.com/guitar-wiring-resources/
or pininterest.com or ultimateguitar.com which have detailed wiring sketches of many pickups and associated wiring.
this should be what you need, albeit for a different guitar.
1 vol, 1 tone, and a 3way pickup switch. your wire colors may be different, but follow them from place to place and youll be good to go.
any nonshielded wire from a pickup is a ground, as well as generally one other wire from the pickup will be a ground.
if there are 2 wires from the pickup, and both pickups are the same, it doesnt matter which you choose for a ground and lead, as long as you do the same for each pickup.
If you have a metal bridge, then install a jumper from a convenient point to the rest of the grounds. These grounds help reduce hum pickup. If the guitar is working with no hum while using and handling it, don't sweat grounding the bridge... The purpose is REALLY to ground the strings which is where you will likely pick up hum when you touch them... you are an "antenna" picking up the noise from all the power lines, etc around you.
Whether the pickup is a Duncan or not does not make a difference. Make sure you solder the red and white wires together(the ones together in the diagram) and cover the joint with heat shrink or electrical tape.