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Re: Shadoweclipse13's Master Schematic Page!

Post by AcrylicSuperman » Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:03 pm

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:26 am
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Hello wiring gurus!

I have a project in mind that has kind of changed from original conception. I'm not good with wiring at all, so I am hoping someone can help me.

I have an affinity jazzmaster hh that I'm planning to turn into an HS. I intend to use a master volume and a master tone with .033 capacitor but no 3 way switch. I want to install a momentary kill switch and I would like to use a push pull on the volume control to switch between my humbucker and single coil. Initially, I intended to use a triple shot ring to give me a series/parallel option but the ring is now going to clash with my choice of pickguard.

Is it possible to make the volume control a pickup selector and be able to have a series/parallel option via a push pull tone control?
That should be doable, as long as you don't want the middle position between the 2 pickups. And know that with that style pickup selector, you might have a dead spot (just one here) when in series mode.
I'm cool with not having the middle position. I find that I never play in that position anyway, I'm either on the bridge pickup or the neck.

What kind of dead spot would I be looking at? I imagine it would be a problem if I switched to the neck single while in series mode? I'm grasping at straws really. I'm dumb with electronics. Haha

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Re: Shadoweclipse13's Master Schematic Page!

Post by gibs » Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:13 pm

AcrylicSuperman wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:03 pm
Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:26 am
AcrylicSuperman wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:48 pm
Hello wiring gurus!

I have a project in mind that has kind of changed from original conception. I'm not good with wiring at all, so I am hoping someone can help me.

I have an affinity jazzmaster hh that I'm planning to turn into an HS. I intend to use a master volume and a master tone with .033 capacitor but no 3 way switch. I want to install a momentary kill switch and I would like to use a push pull on the volume control to switch between my humbucker and single coil. Initially, I intended to use a triple shot ring to give me a series/parallel option but the ring is now going to clash with my choice of pickguard.

Is it possible to make the volume control a pickup selector and be able to have a series/parallel option via a push pull tone control?
That should be doable, as long as you don't want the middle position between the 2 pickups. And know that with that style pickup selector, you might have a dead spot (just one here) when in series mode.
I'm cool with not having the middle position. I find that I never play in that position anyway, I'm either on the bridge pickup or the neck.

What kind of dead spot would I be looking at? I imagine it would be a problem if I switched to the neck single while in series mode? I'm grasping at straws really. I'm dumb with electronics. Haha
Depends on how the series portion is wired. If I’m remembering correctly, the first pickup in series uses the ground from the second pickup, so if the first pickup is selected while in series operation, there is no ground for it, thus creating a dead pickup when selected.

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Re: Shadoweclipse13's Master Schematic Page!

Post by AcrylicSuperman » Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:00 pm

gibs wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:13 pm
AcrylicSuperman wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:03 pm
Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:26 am


That should be doable, as long as you don't want the middle position between the 2 pickups. And know that with that style pickup selector, you might have a dead spot (just one here) when in series mode.
I'm cool with not having the middle position. I find that I never play in that position anyway, I'm either on the bridge pickup or the neck.

What kind of dead spot would I be looking at? I imagine it would be a problem if I switched to the neck single while in series mode? I'm grasping at straws really. I'm dumb with electronics. Haha
Depends on how the series portion is wired. If I’m remembering correctly, the first pickup in series uses the ground from the second pickup, so if the first pickup is selected while in series operation, there is no ground for it, thus creating a dead pickup when selected.
Dang. I guess I'll give up on the series/parallel option and just use the push pull for pickup selection.

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Re: Shadoweclipse13's Master Schematic Page!

Post by Stephen_42 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:07 pm

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
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Sounds like a fun project!! I've never played/heard his Sonic 60s, but aren't they lipsticks?

What's the switch you have to work with for said mod recommendation? 2-way Jaguar slider, 3-way Mustang slider, push-pull/push-push pot, mini toggle?
They're basically Burns Tri-sonics. Honestly, the main attraction was that they come in absolutely beautiful chrome covers with the oversize holes - it was the first time I'd ever done aftermarket pickups, so I thought I'd start with something that looks cool to work out what I like. And if Burns style pickups are good enough for Brian May, they're good enough for me. I wasn't disappointed!

As for the guitar, it's a Squier VM Jaguar so it has all the classic Jaguar switching. I don't really use the rhythm circuit much, so perhaps repurposing the upper control plate for something else might be a place to start?
That sounds fantastic. I can personally attest to the fact that Jaime from The Creamery makes damn good pickups. That sounds like a lot of fun to play.

If you ARE thinking about junking the rhythm circuit, maybe check out a replacement upper plate from Faction! You could get rid of the plate to mount pots to, and get one for different switches or something.

Would you want to make the sound darker, brighter, both? Have weird switching options? Out-of-phase can be fun, especially if you're already into Brian May territory. Series-parallel is cool as well. We could do a few caps to make a pseudo-Gibson Varitone with single caps on switches.
I'm not specifically looking for either brighter or darker, so the option for both might be fun. Mostly, it's about trying new things and learning more about modifying guitars - this is very much my project, so very open to suggestions!

Looking at Faction, I saw they had a tailpiece with space for a behind the bridge pickup. I don't want to do anything non-reversible, but do you know if that's possible without extra routing? If so, that's definitely something I'd be up for incorporating.

Phase switching is definitely an idea (it's fun on Mustangs), and I liked the series/parallel option when I did manage to make it work so I'd be keen to keep that too.

But anyway, the main goal is to just have a fun project to work on, not necessarily to tick every box I've mentioned: so, any suggestions you think would be fun?

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Re: Shadoweclipse13's Master Schematic Page!

Post by Lost In Autumn » Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:56 am

I'm wiring up a guitar with 3 Lindy Fralin Hum-canceling P90s, Steel Pole in the Neck and Bridge, and AlNiCo Pole in the middle, using a Stew Mac S-Type Megaswitch, which keeps everything in phase. how would I wire up a bourns DPDT Push Pull pot for the middle pickup tone control, to throw the phasing? so I can also get p90 x Strat tones with the middle pickup, if i want them?
Stew Mac has directions on how to wire up the pickups to the switch, but I'm lost after that.
https://www.stewmac.com/video-and-ideas ... tructions/

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