LF specific switch

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Webtroll, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I'm looking for switch that looks like the traditional Gibson pickup selector switch on the outside but is what I believe is called a double pole triple throw, on/off/on. I'd like to wire 2 pickups together so that the middle position is both pickups in series, but the other 2 are the individual pickups. If not a special switch, how could I wire an angled Gibson style pickup selector (as might be found on an SG) to allow for the middle position to be both pickups in series as described before?
  2. From what i have seen, an LP switch is essentially a regular SPDT switch with a ground terminal on the side.

    There is absolutely no way to do series/parallel switching on an SPDT switch... you need at least 2 poles.

    As far as if such a thing exists, i really have no clue because i am a diehard strat-only guy, but it doesnt seem like a common item, being as most people use them as a pickup selector switch, not for anything else.

    On a somewhat related note, i would be thrilled to find a 2 way SPDT LP switch, if anybody knows of such a thing.
  3. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I may have to go rotary. I'm working on a project and I don't really want any mini switches on it, another knob wasn't really what I wanted either, but if I gotta go that way then so be it.
  4. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    A push/pull or push/push pot will allow series/parallel. You'll need about 1 5/16" or 1 3/8" depth for it in the cavity. That with the SG 3-way sounds like what you're looking for.
  5. slyjoe

    slyjoe Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2008
    Valley of the Sun (AZ)
    What you are describing is a DPDT 3 position switch, but ON-ON-ON. When in the middle position, both sets of throws are connected to the poles.
  6. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    That would put them in parallel; if you run one line from 2 opposite corners and 2 short between the untouched pots the on/off/on then allows for the individual pickups attached to the outer pairs of posts and the output from the middle posts to work one coil/both in series/the other coil.

    I know push/pull pots can do this, but I want the look of the Gibson style switch if I can get this to work. If not, then I'll probably go with the mini switches (but I'd rather not).