So, as I await a new pickup for my Esquire-ish guitar. I've been thinking a rewiring is in order. Currently, it has a std. 3-way lever switch wired somewhat similar to the original Esquire wiring- One position gives the pickup with the V and T controls, another gives a direct out setting, bypassing the V and T pots, and the third has a cap in parallel for a treble cut setting, the "tone at 0" thing.
So, I'm thinking of replacing the 3-way with a 5-way, non-superswitch. (Although I may have to opt for the half-Superswitch if no one comes through on this challenge.)
I sat down with pen and papaer tonight but was unable to come up with something that covered all the bases. So I'm throwing down the gaunlet, so to speak. Here's the challenge:
One single coil Tele pickup at the bridge position, a la the famous Esquire.
One regular 5-way lever switch (not a Superswitch)
No redundant settings on the switch and no silent/off settings
One setting to be direct out, bypassing V and T pots
One setting with a cap in parallel with the pickup
One setting with a (different) cap in series with the pickup
At least one setting that utilizes std V and T pots
Optional ideas that might be incorporated: One setting might bypass the tone pot only, leaving the V pot in circuit. Another setting might give a cap in series and a cap in parallel both.
So, can anyone come up with a scheme for one single coil pickup and a 5-way switch that does all of the above (or at least most of it?).
Note- the only prize for coming up with such a scheme is my eternal gratitude and some bragging rights. But I note that we are coming up on our anniversary next month, so this may be only the first of several challenges.
Yeah, I hadn't actually drawn a diagram but I just mentally figured that a half Superswitch would do it for sure. If no one comes up with a std 5-way version, I may have to spring for the half Superswitch.
I made an edit to my diagram to make the grounding better, same principles though.
Without any further inspirations, it needed the two poles to properly switch the V and T pots in and out, and since the three options with added caps also use those poles, they are provided as bypassed options with no V and T, plus the full bypass.
I think it's a good range to get out of one pickup. Using a half superswitch, the order of options is a free choice. But I'm not seeing how to implement all that with a standard switch, particularly for whatever choices are intended for the 2 and 4 positions. Therefore I think some other concept needs to be used to get 5 good settings on a standard switch.