asmith Yes, I will admit it does that. Still, I have wired a lot of guitars like that and (to me) it doesn't make a difference.
In fact, the Seymour Duncan Triple Shot™ pickup ring (and they may have "found" that idea from this or my website) works exactly the same way. Two SPDT switches are wired just like that - and they charge 30 bucks for it.
I would think that if two-pole switches are used, it should be possible to avoid hanging from hot. Such switches are neither significantly larger nor much more expensive than single pole, so there's no reason not to use them. Im convinced that hanging from hot should always be avoided if possible, unless all wiring is within a shielded cavity and all pickups are covered. Its not a really big deal, but it can slightly reduce unwanted buzzes', so it may as well be avoided. I also think that hanging from hot applies not only to a single connection to hot, but also if both connections end up on hot. I have some wirings where this is happening, and they work fine, but I believe there is a very slight extra buzz sometimes.
I also think that hanging from hot applies not only to a single connection to hot, but also if both connections end up on hot. I have some wirings where this is happening, and they work fine, but I believe there is a very slight extra buzz sometimes.
Its an easy fix, the job of the other two poles is to break the connection from bridge to hot, only when bridge is off and neck is on. Two switch poles in parallel will do that, so only if both are open is the bridge hot connection broken.
Well, here is the proper way to do this with 2 DPDT switches:
(Please recheck that diagram. Thanks.)
Remember that in the Seymour Duncan Triple Shot™ pickup ring, even though they use 2 DPDT switches, they are wired as if they are just SPDT switches and therefore, everybody using these should be getting "hanging from the hot" problems. Here's the thread from that Triple Shot™ discussion.
I meant with all the other diagrams I've drafted up, stored on my hard drive - some of them work in places by shorting a pickup at hot. Perfectionism is a dirty job. Edit: Example.
Wolf, Interesting that SD uses DPDTs but wires them like SPDTs. I would have thought a company like that would have more 'electrical sense.' I'd be very disappointed if it turned out they don't wire this up because they think a single-coil should have hum - but I can't say I'd be surprised.
Ash, Threaten to tell your wife?! I would never stoop so low to that; the very worst type of blackmail.