Tone switch wiring question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Whil57, Nov 30, 2013.


  1. Whil57

    Whil57

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    This might seem weird, but does anyone know if it's possible to use a three way switch to allow each seperate pick-up to switch between two diffent tone pots. So if i wanted to send the neck pup to a tone with a .22 cap it could, or switch the neck to the other tone with a .47 cap ?
  2. line6man

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    It doesn't work that way. Tone controls run parallel to the signal path, so you can't have them running on one pickup alone, unless you either buffer the pickups, or put resistors in series with them. Buffering requires an active circuit, and resistors reduce output.
  3. vistacruiser

    vistacruiser

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    Good question. You wouldn't need separate pots, just a switch to select which cap was in the tone circuit. Could use a push/pull switch tone pot, I think that would be simpler.
  4. Whil57

    Whil57

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    ok, thanks, maybe i'll look at the pull pot
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  6. line6man

    line6man

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    Again, short of buffering or isolation resistors, there is only one circuit, so there is nothing to switch. Perhaps a more worthwhile option would be to use a push/pull pot to select between two capacitances. Or a mini toggle to select between three.
  7. Grissle

    Grissle

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    3 way cap switch, change cap values to your liking[​IMG]

    2 cap push/pull pot
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