Post by neuroblade on Jun 23, 2005 10:41:38 GMT -5
Hello, this is my first post to the forum. I have an American series Fender Strat HH with the stock Black Cobra and Sidewinder humbuckers. My axe has the S-1 switch as well. I just recently purchased Seymour Duncan's JB (bridge) and Jazz (neck) humbuckers. I can not get anyone locally to swap my pickups for me. I am proficient in soldering, and electrical work. I am uncertain though of wire color combinations, and what color goes where. Could you please help me? Thank you greatly in advance.
I have contacted Fender and Seymour Duncan, but still come up short. Apparently since this guitar was released in 2003 all the color codes available are not specific for the S-1 switching???
Why won't a local place do it? Do they not know how? It's really easy.
First off, the color codes. If you want just the straightforward humbucking sound, no splitting or anything, solder the red and white wires together on each pickup and cover the joint with tape. That leaves black, green and bare. The black is the hot, the green and bare go to ground.
Second, remove/replace one pickup at a time. Start with the neck. Desolder the wire going to the switch and desolder the ground wire. Put the black wire of the Jazz to the switch, green and bare to ground. Do the same thing with the JB in the bridge.
I haven't seen the S1 switching system or know if it splits the coils or not. I'll see what I can dig up though.
EDIT: Just found the wiring schematic on the Fender site. Wow, I haven't done anything like that before but shouldn't be hard, just a matter of getting things mapped out.
Post by neuroblade on Jun 23, 2005 19:12:16 GMT -5
I live in Naples Florida, and it's pretty podunk here. I took my guitar to a tech at Guitar Center in Fort Myers, FL, and he tried about 15 different wiring combinations. He could not get the pickups to work in phase, so he bailed on the project. The S-1 switch really seems to throw a fly in the vaseline. I have all the wiring configurations and schematics, but it seems people are afraid of what they haven't done, including me maybe.
Here are the pickup configurations for the S-1 switch.
I've got an idea. If Guitar Center didn't destroy your wiring too much and if the original Fender pickup wire locations can still be determined, why not cut them? (leaving enough wire so the colors can still be determined) Then install the Seymour Duncan pickups based on the Fender color codes at this site: guitarelectronics.zoovy.com/category/wiringresources.11pickupcolorcodes/ To help you out, I have prepared this Fender to Seymour Duncan "translation" chart but by all means check and recheck it before doing anything.
This seems pretty basic. Don't you think an authorized Fender repair center would be aware of this? I even provided them with that same color code chart from guitarelectronics.com. Both Fender and Seymour Duncan will provide no support in this matter. I love my Strat, but Fender as a company has become useless! Especially their technical support...
neuroblade Well if you want to tackle this yourself, if you replace the new pickup wires precisely following the Fender to Seymour Duncan color scheme, there should be no trial and error involved. AND you don't have to worry about that stupid S-1 switch or any other crap that Fender put in there.
It's good to know that you will try it yourself - an indication of a true "guitarnut". And I didn't mean to "knock" Fender or your guitar by some of the less than complimentary things I said about Fender.