Custom Wiring Setups

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Custom wiring diagrams that don't fit in one of the other categories.





Here's a diagram to help you convert the wiring connections between a dual wafer 5-way Super Switch and the Schaller MegaSwitch M.


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Wiring Diagram Conversion Super Switch and Schaller MegaSwitch



Here's a diagram to help you convert the wiring connections between a Fender S-1 and a 4PDT Toggle switch.


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Fender S-1 to 4PDT Conversion





This is an idea I had for a 3 pickup guitar with 3 toggle switches. It allows you to mix pickups either in parallel or in series (but not both). It is similar to the old Dan Armstrong Super Strat wiring setup, but all three switches are 3 position On-On-On toggle switches. If a switch is in the center position, the pickup is off. If the switch is flipped toward the neck, the pickup is on in parallel mode. If the switch is flipped toward the bridge, the pickup is in in series mode. If all 3 toggles are in the off (center) position, there is no output (kill switch).

If one or more pickups are in series mode and you turn on a pickup in parallel mode, the parallel mode switch will override all of the others. This does make it possible to switch from pickups in series to a single pickup by flipping just one switch.

If all 3 toggles are in the off (center) position, the output is grounded so you won't get any hum through the amp.


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Strat with 3 Toggle Switches - Series or Parallel






This is the same switching system as above, but with the addition of my modified TBX tone control that gives you treble cut or bass cut with one knob. This helps to thin out & brighten up the in-series connections when needed.



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Strat with 3 Toggle Switches - Series or Parallel





This is how the above wiring setup switches schematically.



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3 Pickups & 3 Toggle Switches - Schematic






This is a variation of the wiring setup above for a 3 pickup guitar with 3 toggle switches. It allows you to mix pickups either in parallel or in series (but not both).

This setup only requires 1 4PDT switch, but the downside is that if you turn all 3 switches to the off (center) position, the output of the guitar is connected to nothing - like an unplugged cable. This will usually create a buzz or hum from the amp.



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Strat with 3 Toggle Switches - Series or Parallel





This is how the above wiring setup switches schematically.


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3 Pickups & 3 Toggle Switches - Schematic






This is a wiring setup for 3 tapped single coil pickups. It allows you to choose between the full pickup coil or the tapped coil by flipping the related toggle switch one way or the other. The center position of the toggle turns the related pickup off. Pickups that are on simultaneously are always in parallel with each other in this setup.


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3 Pickups & 3 Toggles - Tapped Single Coils






This is a wiring setup for a 2 pickup guitar with 3 DPDT slide switches, somewhat similar to a Fender Jaguar configuration (without the top controls).

There's an On-Off switch for each pickup and a third switch that determines how the pickups will be combined when both pickups are on. In Parallel mode (Up), the pickups will be on together in parallel. In the Series mode (Down), the pickups will be on together in series.

When both pickups are off in either mode, the output will be grounded (muted).



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3 Pickups & 3 Slide Switches






This is a wiring setup for a 2 pickup guitar with 2 DPDT slide switches & 1 SPST slide switch, somewhat similar to a Fender Jaguar configuration (without the top controls).

There's an On-Off switch for each pickup and a third switch that kills the output.

When both pickups are off, the output will be grounded (muted).



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3 Pickups & 3 Slide Switches






This is a wiring setup for a 2 pickup guitar with 3 DPDT slide switches, somewhat similar to a Fender Jaguar configuration (without the top controls).

There's an On-Off switch for each pickup and a third switch that bypasses the Volume & Tone controls and connects the pickup(s) straight to the output jack.

When both pickups are off, the output will be grounded (muted).



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3 Pickups & 3 Slide Switches






This is a wiring setup for a 2 pickup guitar with 3 DPDT slide switches, somewhat similar to a Fender Jaguar configuration (without the top controls).

There's an On-Off switch for each pickup and a third switch that bypasses the Volume & Tone controls and connects the pickup(s) straight to the output jack.

When both pickups are "off", you get both pickups on in series.



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3 Pickups & 3 Slide Switches








3-Way Switching:

Push-Pull Down:
1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Parallel
3. Neck

Push-Pull Up:
1. Bridge
2. Neck & Bridge in Series
3. Neck


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SG P-90's with Series/Parallel Option


This is a partial wiring diagram showing a way to wire a 3-way On-On-On 4PDT switch to a humbucker to have the option of the coils in series (normal humbucker), one coil, or the coils in series but out of phase with the other pickup(s).


Toggle Switch Down:
Outside Coil

Toggle Switch Center:
Coils in Series (Normal Humbucker)

Toggle Switch Up:
Coils in Series & Out of Phase



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Humbucker with Split/Series/OoP Option


This is a partial wiring diagram showing a way to wire a 3-way On-On-On 4PDT switch to a humbucker to have the option of the coils in series (normal humbucker), one coil, or the coils in series but out of phase with the other pickup(s).


Toggle Switch Down:
Inside Coil

Toggle Switch Center:
Coils in Series (Normal Humbucker)

Toggle Switch Up:
Coils in Series & Out of Phase



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Humbucker with Split/Series/OoP Option



Custom 3-way wiring setup for a 3 pickup guitar with Bass & Treble cut controls.

3-Way Switching

1. Bridge
2. Neck & Middle (Parallel)
3. Neck

Treble Cut – CCW for Cut
Bass Cut – CCW for Cut


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3-Way Strat with Bass & Treble Cut


Custom 3-way wiring setup for a 3 pickup guitar with Bass & Treble cut controls.

This is similar to the above setup, but middle position (Position 2) is the Bridge & Middle pickups together instead of the Neck & Middle pickups together.


3-Way Switching

1. Bridge
2. Bridge & Middle (Parallel)
3. Neck

Treble Cut – CCW for Cut
Bass Cut – CCW for Cut


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3-Way Strat with Bass & Treble Cut



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Seymour Duncan Triple Shot Functionality with Rotary Switches







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Seymour Duncan Triple Shot Functionality with Rotary Switches








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Emulating Triple Shot Ring with Rotary Switch P-Raiils



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Emulating Triple Shot Ring with Rotary Switch P-Rails






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









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








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









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3 Pickup Tele with 4-Way Switching








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3 Pickup Tele with 4-Way Switching








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HH Tele 4-Way with Coil Splits









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Tele with 2 Tones, No Volume, Kill Position









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Tele with Dual Lace Bridge & Modified TBX Tone Control









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Tele with Dual Lace Bridge & Modified TBX Tone Control









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Tele with Dual Lace Bridge & Modified TBX Tone Control





Here's a wiring setup using Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickups (although any SD single coil sized humbuckers should wire the same). If these pickups are installed with the standard Strat switching, positions 2 and 4 give you 2 humbuckers in parallel. With this setup, positions 2 and 4 give you a single coil of one pickup in series with a single coil of the other pickup for a virtual humbucker sound. A north coil of one pickup is combined with a south coil from the other pickup to maintain the hum cancelling properties of the pickups.

5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge Humbucker – Tone 2
2. Bridge South Coil & Middle North Coil in Series – Tone 2
3. Middle Humbucker – Tone 1
4. Neck North Coil & Middle South Coil in Series – Tone 1
5. Neck Humbucker – Tone 1


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HHH Strat 5-Way - All Series


Here's another wiring setup using Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickups (although any SD single coil sized humbuckers should wire the same). If these pickups are installed with the standard Strat switching, positions 2 and 4 give you 2 humbuckers in parallel. With this setup, positions 2 and 4 give you a single coil of one pickup in parallel with a single coil of the other pickup for a sound more like a traditional Strat in-between sound. A north coil of one pickup is combined with a south coil from the other pickup to maintain the hum cancelling properties of the pickups.

5-Way Switching:

1. Bridge Humbucker – Tone 2
2. Bridge South Coil & Middle North Coil in Parallel – No Tone
3. Middle Humbucker – Tone 1
4. Neck North Coil & Middle South Coil in Parallel – No Tone
5. Neck Humbucker – Tone 1


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HHH Strat 5-Way - Parallel In-Between Positions 2 & 4


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No load tone pot used for no load volume






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Toggle Switch for Half Out-of-Phase








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Half Out-of-Phase with a Push-Pull Pot


Schematics for Half Out-of Phase Wiring


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Half Out-of-Phase Options - Schematic