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Series/Parallel switch makes things sound thinner? How?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by deepestend, Nov 24, 2015.


  1. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    I just wired my lakland hollowbody using the diagram below from another thread. The only problem is that when it's in series mode, the sound is actually much thinner, not fatter! Any thoughts on what might be the problem? Maybe I have the hot wires switched?

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  2. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    Is it possible that this makes the series/parallel wiring more complicated than it needs to be? Seems a lot simpler on other diagrams. Note: I am using a nordstrand preamp, that's why I used the above diagram.

    Looks simpler here:
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  3. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    Okay, that makes sense. Now that you bring it up, I've had phase issues in the past on other projects (with a blend pot) that were solved by switching wires. And the out of phase sounded similar to what is going on here.
     
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I didn't check the diagrams, but yeah, some folks use that out of phase setting to get that weird midrangey "honky" tone it causes, but yeah, less volume, thinner. Kind of the "AM radio" effect. Fun if intentional, annoying if not.
     
  5. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    More annoying in this case! Or at least not what I intended.
     
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  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    So did switching polarity work?
     
  7. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    I'm at work... will have to wait till I get home.
     
  8. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    Switching the wires totally fixed things. Thanks!
     

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