Post by sebaileyus on Nov 20, 2017 14:09:58 GMT -5
Hi Folks, I’ve got a request for an altruistic electrician!
I have a new HH tele, both 4 wire pickups that i want to rewire slightly. Currently it’s on a 3 way n n+b b with no dpdt - unacceptable! I have a mod on all my guitars I rewire that goes as follows: Master volume - dpdt puts pickups in series with each other when pulled out. Master tone - dpdt reverses phase of one pickup (never cared which one) when pulled out.
I grabbed this from Jimmy Page mods and adapted it slightly. But unfortunately, I haven’t ever desired anything with blade switches before and I’m way out of my depth with this.
What I want is a 5 way blade that retains the neck humbucker / neck+bridge humbuckers in parallel / bridge humbucker in the 1 / 3 / 5 positions (I bow to expert opinions on what’s best for positions 2 and 4) with my favourite mod above on the master volume and tone.
Sorry, but I had to move this thread from General Guitar Schematics to here. General guitar wiring questions belong here. No worries, we just like to keep things tidy . . .
Anyway, to answer your questions will require a few of mine. First, there are different flavors of 5-way switches. A regular Strat-type 5-way won't give you much in the way of options at positions 2 and 4- and if position 3 is required to be both HBs together, you won't have any options, positions 2,3 and 4 will all (redundantly) give both HBs.
A Superswitch™ will give you additional possible options at 2 and 4, as will some similar switches available from Schaller and others. Do you already have a 5-way you were planning to use, or is a different 5-way a possibility?
Also, be aware that a Superswitch of the usual sort won't fit a Tele cavity without a bit of woodworking. However, there is a Tele-friendly "narrow Superswitch" available, and some of the Asian-made ones may fit a Tele cavity as well. But measure carefully if you decide to go this route.
Next, as for the series/parallel switch, do you want this to override the 5-way selection? In other words, pulling the switch out gives you both pickups in series regardless of the position of the 5-way? Or, do you want it to operate only when the 5-way is in the middle, "both HBs" position? Either way is possible, it's just a question of switching preferences. For example, some folks like to have the series option at position 3, but to still be able to flick the switch to, say, the bridge pickup for a lead part. This is only one switch operation, whereas if the series/parallel pot overrides the 5-way, then going from "both HBs in series" to the bridge alone may require two separate switch operations (if the 5-way isn't already set to bridge).
As for the phase switch, that you should envision as a separate module, wired to one or the other pickup before any of the other switching. There is a generic diagram of a phase switch in the "modules" library which can be easily incorporated into whatever drawing we ultimately come up with.
There may also already be a HH diagram that will do pretty much, if not all, of what you want. We could, if so, use that as a starting point. I'll poke around a bit in the basement, see what I can find.