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5 way rotary switch?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by 4bassguitar, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. 4bassguitar


    Feb 3, 2010
    Hello again!
    I am putting together a dual p pickup bass and I'm using a 5 way rotary switch as a pickup selector to utilize series and parallel options. Originally I wanted a 4 way switch, but I found an unopened Stewart Mac 5 way rotary switch in my house. How would I wire this? Both my pickups have 4 connector wires. Please and thank you
  2. 4bassguitar


    Feb 3, 2010
    Oh, I like having a master volume and tone, I would like to keep it that way
  3. Sni77


    Aug 23, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
  4. 4bassguitar


    Feb 3, 2010
    It's in German,
  5. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    When you say "dual P pickup" I assume you mean a p-pair at the neck (usual) position and another pair at the bridge. The way I would wire those would be with the usual 4 options. Neck only, both series, both parallel, bridge only.

    Since P pickups have two coils you can put those in series or parallel too as an option, but I built that into my Squire P/J 5er and I found that P-pickup-pairs in parallel really just aren't that useful. In my case I had vol/vol so the usual 4 way switch wasn't an option.

    And as for the 5th position? Well as it turns out I did one of those nifty 5 way switches as well and I decided to use the 5th position as "mute". Just run everything to ground. After using it for a while I have to admit that a "mute" position is a VERY nice feature to have. You'd think that just turning down the volume isn't that big a deal, but I tell ya, the mute switch IS nice to have.
  6. 4bassguitar


    Feb 3, 2010
    I really like the mute idea seeing that I want a master volume and master tone push-pull pot with a wilde q-filter