Post by falcatarius on Jun 3, 2008 15:12:29 GMT -5
While i'm in the process of shielding my strat, I'd really like to finally do the bridge/neck pickup combination mod by installing a small mini-toggle switch.
The switch I've got is a DPDT On/On, with a 1/4"-diameter mounting hole. How should I go about drilling the hole for it through the pickguard? Also, its a prewired one from Callaham that includes a metal shielding plate. Is this safe to drill through?
Not a problem. I use a small piece of scrap wood underneath the area in question to drill into so you get a nice clean hole. You can clamp the guard down to the scrap with a C-clamp or some such. Use a piece of cloth between the clamp and the pickguard to avoid scratching the guard, and don't tighten it down too much. You want it firm, but not too much or you'll damage the plastic.
Because it's a prewired guard, you'll want to demount the switch and one or more of the pots. and move these out of the way a bit so you can get a piece of scrap underneath the guard without interference from the existing components. This will also ensure that you don't drill into or nick a wire in the process.
The diagram you posted from Seymour Duncan uses a push-pull pot to do the same thing, so you should be able to adapt the diagram to your switch fairly easily. The SD diagram is really more conceptual, as it doesn't show you the actual contacts of the switch- because these may vary. Of course, if you used a push-pull to do this you wouldn't need to drill into your new pickguard- but it sounds like you already have the switch.