5-Way SHOoP


This is currently my favorite setup for 2 pickup guitars.

It uses a 5-Way Super Switch. Positions 1, 3, & 5 are the typical choices you associate with 2 pickup guitars (Bridge only, Neck & Bridge in Parallel, Neck only). Positions 4 & 2 are (respectively) the 2 pickups in Series and the 2 pickups in parallel, but Half Out-of-Phase, so I call it 5-Way SHOoP switching (Series - Half Out of Phase).

If the Neck pickup has a metal cover, the 5-Way SHOoP wiring requires the neck pickup's cover to be grounded with a separate wire than the pickup's ground lead.


The 5-Way SHOoP setup gives you these 5 choices:

5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck






In Position 2, the pickups are out-of-phase, but with a cap & resistor in series with the Neck pickup and a resistor in series with the Bridge pickup. The cap in series with the Neck pickup is what makes it "half" out-of-phase and the resistors help give a little more quack to the sound. The goal is to get a sound similar to a Strat in-between tone. The value of the cap and the resistors should be tailored to the pickups being used, but .01uF for the cap & 6.2K Ohms for the resistors is a good place to start.

5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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Tele 5-Way SHOoP






Any time I have pickups in series or humbuckers, I try to add my modified TBX tone control. The bass cut from the modified TBX tone control really helps to thin out the in-series connection when needed. It's also very useful with 2 humbucker guitars to get more of a single coil tone from them without losing their humbucking capabilities.


5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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Tele 5-Way SHOoP with TBX Mod





A 2 humbucker Tele is a great candidate for 5-way SHOoP and a modified TBX tone.


5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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HH Tele 5-Way SHOoP with TBX Mod





2 humbucker Tele with a push-pull (or push-push) tone pot to get both pickups as single coils.


5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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HH Tele 5-Way SHOoP with Push-Pull Tone







2 humbucker Tele with the modified TBX Tone Control and a push-pull (or push-push) volume pot to get both pickups as single coils.


5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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HH Tele 5-Way SHOoP with TBX and Push-Pull Tone


2 humbucker Tele with the modified TBX Tone Control and an S-1 volume pot to get both pickups as single coils.


5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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5-Way SHOoP HH Tele with S-1 and TBX Mod




Here I've added a pot & a cap to vary the capacitance in series with the Neck pickup in Position 2.

You can get a significant variation in the sound of the HOoP connection with different cap values, so I wired this up for testing purposes and then thought it might be cool to have it available on a finished guitar. The cap value can be varied from .1uF (Fully Counter-Clockwise) to .001uF (Fully Clockwise).


5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Variable Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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Tele 5-Way SHOoP with Variable HOoP





Just for fun, I made a version of the 5-way SHOoP for a Strat. Since it only switches 2 pickups, the middle pickup gets a blend pot to blend it in when needed. With this setup, you can't get the Middle pickup by itself.

I also added a phase reversal switch for the Neck pickup to change positions 2, 3, & 4.


5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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Strat with 5-Way SHOoP & Middle Blend




I picked up a Peavey Limited EXP to use for some mods & found it to be a great platform.

Here's the 5-Way SHOoP using the stock pickups, my modified TBX tone control, and a push-pull pot for the volume control that reverses the phase of the Neck pickup. That changes Positions 2, 3, & 4 for some more options.


5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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HH Guitar with 5-Way SHOoP Switching & Modified TBX Tone Control






Then, I added a 4P6T rotary switch to get 6 combinations of pickup coils - kind of a poor man's Seymour Duncan Triple Shot ring. Although it can't get all of the combinations of the TS rings, it is faster to switch on the fly. I like it more than I thought I would. The 6 positions of the rotary switch give you:

1. Both pickups as humbuckers
2. Both pickups with coils in parallel
3. The outside coils
4. The inside coils
5. The Neck pickup outside coil and the Bridge pickup as a humbucker
6. The Neck pickup as a humbucker and the bridge pickup inside coil


5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck


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HH 5-Way SHOoP with Rotary Switch & Modified TBX Tone Control







Then, I put a set of Seymour Duncan P-Rails in it and wired the rotary switch for:

1. Both pickups as humbuckers
2. Both pickups with coils in parallel
3. Both pickups as P-90's
4. Both pickups as rail single coils
5. The Neck pickup as the P-90 and the Bridge pickup as a humbucker
6. The Neck pickup as a humbucker and the bridge pickup as the P-90

The push-pull volume pot reverses the phase of the Neck pickup, which changes 3 of the choices.

5-Way Switching:

Push-Pull Down:
 
1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Half Out-of-Phase
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
4. Neck & Bridge in Series
5. Neck
 
Push-Pull Up:
 
1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - In Phase with Cap in Series with the Neck Pickup
3. Neck & Bridge in Parallel - Out of Phase
4. Neck & Bridge in Series - Out of Phase
5. Neck


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2 P-Rails with 5-Way SHOoP, Rotary Switch & Modified TBX Tone Control