However, I was playing a strat yesterday and realized how much I like those single coil tones. I was thinking of changing the volume pot to a push/pull in an attempt to get some other sounds. Would this allow me to at least get the neck split on its own and the bridge split on its own? The E megaswitch instructions say you can't get the middle pickup on its own.
If you want the mid on its own, a push/pull switch could be used to turn it on/off by itself, disconnecting it from the 5-way.
Would this allow me to at least get the neck split on its own and the bridge split on its own?
Maybe. We'd need to see how that Megaswitch is wired at present, but I think it could be done. Basically, as I'm envisioning it, the P/P would split both HBs simultaneously, so in pos. 1 you'd get the bridge split and in position 5 the neck split. My only question mark is how that would integrate with the current two-HB splitting at position 3 of the switch- for that, we'll need a diagram.
Hmmm. I'm not sure out of those two optiona which would be better. The rwo split humbuckers would give more flexability but I'm guessing wouldn't be as stratty as the middle single coil on it's own. I used the HSH combo #2 wiring from:
I actually like all 5 positions a lot. 2 and 4 are nice variations for jazz and funk, position 3 has a bit of a tele sound, although I don't use it quite as much as the others mainly because I don't play that style as much. If the split hums won't sound good on their own, then maybe getting the middle pickup on its own would provide one real strat tone. Any ideas on how to wire a push pull to isolate the middle pickup?
a middle override switch will only use one pole of the push/pull pot.
Not quite, the switch connects the hot of the middle pickup to other pickups in the 2 & 4 positions so as newey stated earlier it'll need disconnecting from the switch (with the other pole of the p/p).
The Schaller / Eyb Megaswitches are all essentially equivalent to a 4P5T with some amount of simplification; in particular the version 3.0 of the E switch works as follows:
Which is hooked up using the following (HSH combo #2, reproduced here for reference)
connect to 1
bridge humbucker series link
neck pickup hot wire
middle pickup hot wire
bridge humbucker hot wire
output (to volume pot)
connect to 10
neck humbucker series link
(bridge, middle & neck ground wires all being permanently connected to ground)
Thus splitting the humbuckers in the outer positions should simply be a case of connecting the unused 3 & 9 terminals to ground.
Alternatively, with some more complex reorganisation of the wiring I think there is a way to have the push/pull swap position 3 to middle only.