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On/Off Switch Per Humbucker? HAAAAAAAAAALP! T_T

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by malayayu, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. malayayu


    Nov 1, 2010
    Sup TB,
    I know nothing about wiring guitars, though I have a basic understanding of electronics, (I know what parallel and series is >_>.) :bag:
    I just got hold of an old and busted guitar, it seems that the previous owner did a sloppy job with reconnecting broken connections and he removed the 3 way switch, leaving only a volume knob and a tone knob that doesn't seem to work. :scowl:
    Anyway, I can't get a hold of a decent 3 way switch and I was wondering if I could just make an on/off switch for each H, like as shown in this hastily made diagram:
    The humbuckers only have 2 connectors, and I don't know where to ground -_-
    The 2 balls are volume pots, though I probably should have placed them BEFORE the pickups.
    Also, can someone explain to me WHAT exactly a ground is? :crying::help:
    Sorry for my youthful ignorance, and I hope that somebody can help me right away before I do something stupid. :bawl:
    wat do?
  2. Why can't you get ahold of a 3 way switch?

    They are not hard to find, nor are they expensive.

    You would want to do your switching with the pickup hots, not their grounds. Leaving the hots connected to the output and disconnecting the grounds could lead to some hum problems.

    You would run the pickups into the volume pots (Note that you can use the wiper terminal as an output instead of an input, because you have the switches to select the pickups.) and then each volume pot to a switch, to the output.

    There is no need to use both poles like that, it will only give you more switch pop.
  3. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    IMO if you're going to have a volume for each pup, why not just ditch the switches entirely?
  4. ericw


    Aug 19, 2009
    Hagerstown, MD
    You can use a simpler switch like this SPDT on-on:


    and wire each pickup as attached

    good point...

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  5. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    Sure, but you'd better be fast when going between pups mid song. Switches for each pup are really for when you have three pups and want N/B and N/M/B as well as the usual five options.
  6. BassLife77


    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
    Everybody was a noob at one point. If you want to teach yourself about switches this is a great site to learn. http://www.1728.com/guitar.htm
  7. malayayu


    Nov 1, 2010
    thanks for the help guys! :D
    2 volume knobs ARE kinda useless if you have the switches.
    imma try and read up on how to wire a guitar before messing with it >_>
    it's good to know that there are people who are willing to help here :)

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