Post by morecowbell on Jun 30, 2010 16:40:28 GMT -5
I'm working on a new Strat build featuring a humbucker in the bridge and a single coil in the neck position. There is no middle pickup.
I'd like to use a three-way Tele switch to switch between them and was wondering if I could wire it up so that the middle position was silent, to use as sort of a "kill switch" on occasion.
I know I could do this with a 5-way by simply not wiring anything up to the mid position lugs. But I don't want to navigate five positions. My pickguard already has a blade cutout, so I'd rather use a blade switch vs. a Les Paul-type toggle if possible.
Any thoughts? Will a 3-way switch work for this? Thanks in advance.
Post by morecowbell on Jul 1, 2010 11:23:30 GMT -5
A-ha! Thanks ashcatit. While deductive reasoning told me I could just skip the middle pickup on a 5-way, I did not realize that 3-ways and 5-ways actually have the same number of lugs. (It's so obvious now.) Thanks for the help. Yet another reason I love this board. Take care.
Post by morecowbell on Jul 12, 2010 15:56:13 GMT -5
@ash: thanks. I'll ground it. Good call.
It's a Strat build with a Gibson '57 Plus in the bridge and a Dimarzio Area '67 in the neck and nothing at all in the middle. Definitely a rocker/heavy blues guitar. No tone control. Just a single volume knob, moved to the middle position (usually Tone) to give my picking hand some room.
I'm with you on the HB bridge and SC neck. I never play using my SC middle pickups at all, even on my Eric Johnson Strat which has some of the best-voiced SC pups out there, IMHO. Guess I'm funny that way.
More details: Lightweight poplar body (under 4 lbs), nitro paint (Lake Placid Blue), Wikinson Trem, Pau Ferro board on Warmoth '59 roundback neck. Jumbo frets (6100 I think, have to double check number). Beveled neck heel (using a Fender Amer. Deluxe neck plate with curved upper left corner). No back control cover. Sperzel tuners. LSR roller nut. 3-ply white pickguard. Body paint is done and curing for a month as we speak. Neck is next. Can't wait.