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Old June 7th, 2010, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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P90 strat wiring?

I saw this picture and it got me to start scratching my head,

I like the idea but wanted something that would look more like it came from the Fender factory.Here were my expectations of the finished product:
-2 soap bar P90 pickups w/ covers painted white to match the knobs and pickguard
-Fender style 3-way blade switch in normal location
-1 volume, 2 tones

I routed a MIM body and added mahogany spacers to screw the pups to.

Created a custom pickguard with custom spaced pots to allow for larger bridge pup.

Here's my problem: How should I wire it?
Here's what I have:
-2 Sprague Orange Drop Caps .047uF @ 100V
-3 CTS 500K Pots
-1 3-way blade switch
-2 P90 2-wire pups

I've already checked the seymour duncan website and got even more confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Old June 7th, 2010, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd run 2 volume and 1 master tone if I were doing it.

This diagram is close:

Wiring Diagram

Obviously on the neck pup, the black is hot, the green is ground - you'll just have 2 leads on your P90s.

As for a Strat style 3 way - those are pretty old school - I don't know a thing about them. I assume that you will just find an old diagram - wire the neck and bridge pickups as "normal" - then run a jumper from each pickup's hot wire to the "middle pickup" lug.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 10:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Actually, here is a set of wiring instructions for the various 3 way switches.


Just insert that anywhere you see a Gibson style 3 way in the diagram you're after.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 10:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Or, if you want master volume and independent tone, use this diagram. Insert the above 3 way. Black is hot, green is ground.

Wiring Diagram
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Old June 7th, 2010, 10:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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(Also - I just edited and corrected - that Black is your hot, Green is your ground. Ignore the twisted red/white).
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Old June 7th, 2010, 10:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I had a pickguard that was setup that way with master volume and a tone control for each pickup. I ended up converting it to a master volume + master tone with the tone control soldered to the output lug on the volume for the "50's wiring" to help keep some highs when rolling down the volume. I like simple, and the guitar got some more top end as a result.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 04:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I made this 3 90 strat

I made this 3 P90 strat, Wired it with 500k pots and regular strat 5 way switch, sounds killer. Great video link by the way, that was awesome.
I am currently making a a 2p90 strat and was searching for the same schematic you were. I think I have it figured out now. Thanks!
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Old January 24th, 2011, 07:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I did this one with P-90's 2 volume and 2 tone. I like to have individule controls.
I am making more wiring diagrams and loading on my site.
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