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Questions about Wiring PUs.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by hatria, Mar 4, 2014.


  1. hatria

    hatria

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    Apologizing for my bad English.

    I have an extra strat body and neck,
    I want to do some mods on it.

    To put 2 Humbuckers w. Extra single PU(H-H-S),

    What I want to do is
    5 way switch
    1 volume pot
    1 tone pot
    Neck Humbucker Parallel/Series/Split toggle
    Middle Humbucker Parallel/Series/Split toggle
    Bridge Single coil On/Off toggle
    3 way toggle switch for selecting Capacitors

    Would it work perfectly?
    and what should I do to put an extra volume
    for the bridge Single PU?

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  2. line6man

    line6man

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    Why do you want a 5 position pickup selector switch, and an on/off switch for a pickup?
     
  3. hatria

    hatria

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    For blending single PU in every positions
    and also want to use single PU only..
     
  4. JustForSport

    JustForSport

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    5 position switch conventionally wired will allow that, w/o add'l bridge switch.
     
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  6. Hopkins

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    I would use a push pull pot to switch the single coil. To make it easier and more user friendly, I would also use a push pull for the coil split on the humbuckers because chances are you wont be using them in parallel that often. I have wired a few humbuckers with series/parallel switches and never used them in parallel.

    To answer your question, yes, you should be able to make it work how you describe.
     
  7. hatria

    hatria

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    I need to have the bridge switch.
    How should I do?
     
  8. hatria

    hatria

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    I just need a strat which sounds LP and strat both.
    In parallel mod, it sounds like a 2,4 position of strat right?
     
  9. Hopkins

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    Then I would definitely skip the parallel and just go with the coil split. If you split the coils, you will have single coils close to the Strat pickup position, it should sound very close to a Strat.
     
  10. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Here is how I would wire it. The Volume Push/Pull will split the neck pickup, the Tone will split the Middle. The on/off toggle will will allow you to turn the bridge pickup on when the neck or neck/middle pickups are selected on the 5 Way.

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  11. line6man

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    That looks good, but disconnect the signal from the common terminal of the unused pole of the pickup selector switch. You don't want extra switch pop.
     
  12. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Are you talking about just getting rid of the jumper wire, and just using one side of the switch? I just drew it up that way because every 5 way switch I have seen has been wired like that. Honestly I never knew the purpose of the jumper.
     
  13. line6man

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    Yes.

    The purpose of that jumper in standard strat wiring is to allow both commons a connection to the output of the switch. Traditionally, one pole is for pickup selection, and the other is for tone control selection, since Strats have two tone controls that share a capacitor.
     
  14. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Gotcha,

    Its strange, even the one tone diagrams show the switch wired with the jumper.
     

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