Hi , New here great site. So much info It makes me feel even dumber than I look.
I'm modding a gtr with a new pickguard and want a new rewire too.
It is a 2 humbucker, 3 way toggle, rocker switches coiltap deal right now. Both Humbuckers are 4 wire plus ground.
I want to keep it at 1 Volume & 1 Tone but use mini switches for each coiltap & maybe some other mods. I love the GTS pots so trying to avoid P/P pots if I can, maybe for the tone. I also like the treble bleed switch I have on my Vol pot.
Anyway just a general question I need to make a decision & research the hows. I want to keep individual coil taps, 1 vol, 1 tone, treble bleed. I have room for maybe another 3 mini switches.
As far as wiring it back up & moving & changing the coiltaps to two mini switches I should be ok. I have so many ideas in my head to add some more options but really lack the know hows.
I might also be interested in trying some out of phase or parallel wiring.
The link you provided to the "21 Sound Humbucker" design does parallel, both between the coils (intra- HB parallel) and between the 2 pickups (inter-HB parallel). I find the parallel HB sound to be very useful.
* Two on/off/on mini switches that select either top coil/ bottom coil/ or both in series?
Unless the individual coils of the HB are different from one another, there is little difference between selecting the top vs. the bottom coil. You should just pick one or the other to split, no need to split both.
* adding a Varitone switch?
Ever popular! However, if you're concerned about fitting 3 mini switches, better check the fitment of that very closely before you commit to using a rotary switch. That also leaves open the question of how you wopuld like the Varitone switch wired, unless you mean "Varitone" as in "wired like an OEM Gibson Varitone".
I would suggest that you set up the coil selection switch for the bridge pickup to select the coil of choice (either the screw coil or the slug coil) and then set up the coil selection switch for the neck pickup to select the coil of opposite magnetic polarity (if the two coil poles attract, they're opposite). This will enable hum cancellation when the single coil mode on each pickup are used together. You might also want the phasing to select the opposite coil when out-of-phase.
There are some excellent two 4-wire humbucker designs on our site as well! .............
Just say, "hey, gimme some 2 Hum, bazillion combo, hyper-phasing ideas."
Ok thank you! Yeah I probably better forget that 5 or 6 position roto switch. It's probably more than I want or want to deal with. They just seem like there has to be so many things possible with them(not just a cap selector).It would not fit unless it could replace the toggle switch too.
Ok, so would you say the diagram on www.guitarelectronics.com/product/WDUHH3T1103 is a good choice for me w/ this gtr? I pretty much want to keep the gtr as-is but maybe add something. The way I understand it is I would still have everything the same but would be adding the parallel options?
I really need to study up on how pickups work. I'm pretty much a newb. I've done some amp modding beleive it or not but mostly paint by number help.
Yep great site, will be readin n learnin. I also just swapped pu's & added one coiltap on another gtr.Something's not right . I'll ask later.
I'm married to nurse Ratchet, so excuse me if I sound confused & crazy.
I think that diagram is a good use of three toggle switches. The only main sound you dont have is out of phase.
But I think the way the overall series/parallel switch SW3 is wired can be improved. As shown, if you move to series mode and have the main tiggle to the bridge, you get no sound. I dont like such dead spots, and it is possible to wire that same switch so in series mode, it overides the main toggle. No biggie, its the same switch anyway.
Wired that way, you can leave your main toggle on bridge (or elswhere) if you want to, then flick between series and parallel with the S/P toggle, SW3. It works so that in series mode, the main toggle connections are bridged together, so it makes no difference where it was set. In parallel mode, all is normal.