ok i can see from all the threads that most people favor the mini toggle switches for all the bells and whistles in the mod you all design but what i want to do is to add a push button switch so that it will turn on the middle pickup and turn off the other ones ( im planning to add a super hot pu there for pure heavy metal) is this possible and what kind of push button switch will i need?
BTW the guitar is a les paul black beauty 3 the middle pu was disconnected and every thing was wired like a normal lp
Post by Mini-Strat_Maine on Jan 9, 2006 16:57:52 GMT -5
yes im talking about the push push switch i think they're called momentary off pushbutton
I think a "momentary" only goes on (momentary off would be pretty rare) when you push it, like a doorbell button. A push/push like U.M. referred to would "latch" in one position or the other. Best analogy I can make is the wall switches that were either part of a rheostat (dimmer switch) or located right near the dimmer. Push it once, it goes on, and springs back to the same height. Another push shuts it off. A push/pull will stay in either the down (pushed) or up position.
They do make push/push pots for guitars, but I dunno what values they come in. Your idea could probably work with an on/on toggle, slide, or rocker switch, too, if you get the right number of poles and throws. (Danged if I know what that would be, but somebody'll figure it out based on what you want it to do. )
doug's right about the terminology. momentary means it goes back to "normal" as soon as you take your finger off the switch. i doubt that's what you want.
what you'll need is a DPDT. whether thats a push-push switch, a switch mounted on a pot, or a mini-toggle, depends on what you like and what you can find.
one pole selects the neck or middle to the (neck) volume and tone control. the other selects whether the bridge throw of the 3-way connects to the neck controls, or is connected to the neck throw of the 3-way.
in one position of the new switch you have the normal neck, neck+bridge, bridge choices.
in the other you have middle only, regardless of the position of the 3-way. the neck controls now control the middle pickup.
if my verbal description of the connections was too confusing, just post a diagram of the wiring you are now using, and i'll modify the drawing.
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The above diagram shows how this could be easily done with another SPDT switch. (For easier readability and my laziness, the volume and tone controls are not drawn. You do not have to use a pushbutton switch but if you do, make sure it is a type which will show you what position it is in. (down or up - some pushbutton switches are the same height on or off). You might want to add one of those push/pull pots with the DPDT switch on them. You do not have to use one side of the DPDT switch at all. Here is one instance where elijb's idea comes in handy. You could arrange a battery and an LED to be switched with the other side of the DPDT switch and of course it would light up when the heavy metal humbucker is activated. Just a thought.
Well it seems the circuit by Unklmickey is much more detailed. That will do everything that R wants. It was my idea to add the LED. However, if you are going to have the middle "HOT" humbucker for blistering "lead" work, is it that necessary even to have volume or tone controls? Another question to consider is the position of the middle pickup. Would it have the harmonically rich sound that the bridge position has? Just wondering - does anyone use the middle pickup for soloing?