When Morbe tossed out the offer to anyone who wanted his old ESP project I started thinking about what I'd do with a two humbucker guitar. I didn't want build another SG with the vanilla humbucker arrangement...so I started thinking...
Wilde (the real Bill Lawrence) has noise free single coils with poles and blades. They don't suffer from the traditional tab most single coils and other single coil noise free pickups have...
The L-280S and L-298S Series
The L-45S Series
...and using these would allow any split combination without worrying about hum...
I wanted series and parallel combinations, but I didn't want to put 4 individual switches in, so I compromised and went with a 4PDT On-On switch.
One for the neck pair and one for the bridge pair.
I toyed around with a Super Switch, but it leaves a combination out, and becomes a fixed "either\or" proposition. I looked at rotary switches until I found these small 1/2" diameter rotaries.
I'll have to pin the Grayhill switch to limit it to the three positions, but for the small size it seemed perfect.
The pickups themselves are selected from a standard Les Paul type 3-way switch.
The "Free Woman Tone" mod has darker caps them what most of you would prefer...it's a bass player thing...
So this is what I came up with:
The rotary switches should give you North Single Sized Humbucker, Both Single Coil Sized Humbuckers and South Single Coil Sized Humbucker.
If I got it right, you should have 14 different combination in either series, or parallel, or a combination of the two in either the neck or bridge position...which I believe comes out to 48 total combinations. If I got it wrong it's just a lot of soldering.
Please feel free to point out any glaring mistakes I might have introduced here.
I'm probably still going to need to hog out the control cavity and possibly the pickup routings to fit this all in. Custom pickup rings and are a given as well.
And tell Morbe I'm looking for him if you see him...
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When Morbe tossed out the offer to anyone who wanted his old ESP project I cursed my slowness of response and clenched my fists in rage.
Everything looks good to me as designed. I don't really know about the workings of the rotary though.
Have you bought the rotaries and 4PDTs yet? Seems to me like if you purchased some 4P12T rotaries we could work out, in any particular order:
Coil 1 Parallel Coil 1 Series Parallel + Parallel Parallel * Parallel Series + Parallel Series * Parallel Parallel + Series Parallel * Series Series + Series Series * Series Coil 2 Parallel Coil 2 Series
Or just even, with 4P8Ts, a more-intuitive:
Coil 1 Parallel Coil 1 Series Series * Series Series + Series Parallel * Parallel Parallel + Parallel Coil 2 Parallel Coil 2 Series
Of course the real question is why anyone would want that.
EDIT: Maybe 6P12Ts. Haven't really thought about it.
If you wanted more, a bit more series-type choice could be added. So far, the loudest thing on the guitar is approximatley a single-size h-bucker in series with itself. Other options are all parallel combinations of those, or combinations of parallel combos. You could have series between neck and bridge selections, with another dpdt toggle, slide or p/p switch, which would have wiring wrapped around the main toggle in time-honoured GN2 fashion.