Hi y'all, this is my first-ever post on this forum. First of all: THANKS to all of you generously taking time to contribute the great ideas, schematics and wiring diagrams!
I want to alternate-wire my Strat. I'm not new to pup wiring. In my quest to find relative wiring diagrams I've come across SO many possibilities that I'm finding myself a bit lost in watering it all down. Can anyone over here be so kind to point me towards relevant diagrams?
I want to retain the standard 5-way configuration. The first things that spring up before my mind's eye, are:
- middle pup blend: being able to blend in the middle pup in series with both bridge pup and the neck pup individually
- neck and bridge parallel and/or in series, with the possibility to switch the neck pup in- and out of phase
Is any of this possible at all, and are any of these combinations possible? I don't mind adding toggle switches, however I do like to keep my circuit as basic and clean as possible.
My additional ideas:
- neck, middle and bridge in parallel, and(/or) in series (all three ON)
- by-passing the volume- and tone circuit on all selections
Thanks and GREETINGS FROM YURP! =)
Last Edit: Aug 29, 2014 13:41:43 GMT -5 by joepius
What you discuss is certainly possible and is the basis of many of our designs in the Schematics section.
Just a bit of admin, I moved your thread to here, which is where we discuss new ideas and questions. Once designs are resolved, we repost them into schematics for reference, and that becomes a key resource which makes us different to other forums.
I also have Texas Specials in my Strat, they are great pickups, I have them in an HSS arrangement with a bridge humbucker. Ive been exploring pretty much exactly the kinds of additions that you describe so there are a number of designs in the schematics section by myself and others that address them. The middle series blender idea is really good, just adding a touch of middle to thicken up the bright TX neck, or bridge pickup, or wind in a lot. I find a series blender is a much more worthwhile thing than a parallel blender, where the end point may be very good but there is less interest along the way.
Staring with a simple design, this one will do most of what you want:
It will get you middle blended in series with B or N, and B+N in parallel. Very easy to add a phase switch to N to most designs.
Also, its easy to add a bypass switch to cut out volume and tone pots.
Most of it is standard parts, and the switch could be many types, either mounted on a pot or a separate toggle.
To bring in the other ideas, the complexity builds up. Making a blender that works properly in both series and parallel is very tricky. Have never founnd one that was quite right. I also tried a couple of versions which do all three in series, but they tended to get rather loud and muddy and I found I never used them.
Have a look through the other SSS designs on the schematics, you might find something of interest. How complex are you willing to get with wiring?
Post by JFrankParnell on Sept 2, 2014 13:28:38 GMT -5
Here are some sounds you might expect from the mods you are contemplating. Texas specials, except for bridge.
I remember every little thing...as if it happened only yesterday. I was barely seventeen, and I once killed a boy with a Fender guitar. I don't remember if it was a telecaster or a stratocaster, But I do remember that it had a heart of chrome and a voice like a horny angel.