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Gilmour wiring w/Super Switch?

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  1. beachgod

    beachgod Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi
    I want to do the David Gilmour toggle switch mod to my Strat but the wiring diagrams I find for it show a standard 5 way switch. My guitar has a Fender Custom Shop Super Switch with like 20 lugs on it. I'm trying to do this on the cheap (free) since I already have a toggle switch and I'm assuming I can use the Super Switch but I have no idea what to do. I could buy a 5 way switch and it'd be problem solved but using what I already have would be cool.

    I'd appreciate any help with this. Here's what my switch looks like and the pinout:

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    This is what I want to accomplish. I could do this with a 5 way switch as shown easily, I'm just stumped with the one I have.

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  2. Peter Rabbit

    Peter Rabbit Strat-Talker

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    A superSwitch is really a 4 pole 5 throw (4P5T) switch - just use any two of the four poles, side-by-side (A & C or B & D) is easiest to wire. Use the Common (0), 1, 3, and 5 lugs as you would on a standard 5-way with 0, 1, 2, and 3 lugs (which is really a 2P3T with 2 'extra' throw positions)

    Hope this makes sense and is helpful.
     
  3. beachgod

    beachgod Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks! I'll give it a shot, it makes a lot more sense when you explain it that way.
     
  4. Skinny Nitro

    Skinny Nitro Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Not sure that will work as the standard 5 way links 2 lugs on the same layer to the commons in positions 2 & 4.

    The normal 5 way has 2 layers which have the commons C wired together and the pickups wired to the bottom layer B.
    In position 1 the bridge on lug B1 is connected to the B common wired to the A common connected to A1 lug.
    In position 2 the B1 and B2 (middle pup) lugs are connected to the B common.
    In position 3 the B2 lug only is connected to the B common.
    The diagram should make it clearer.
    The superswitch connects the different lugs to the commons '0' one at a time. There may be a way round but it needs a wiring expert to figure it out.
     

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  5. beachgod

    beachgod Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks, Skinny Nitro. I'm going to go the easy route. I just ordered a Fender 5 way switch and will yank the Super Switch out. Maybe I'll use it on a Partsocaster someday.
     
  6. Peter Rabbit

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    Probably best.
     
  7. beachgod

    beachgod Strat-Talk Member

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    I got my switch and wired it up per the attached diagram. I'm really enjoying it but there's a "mystery sound" I'm not sure of: the 5 way set to Middle pickup only and the toggle on. Is this possibly bridge and middle in series? No mention is made anywhere of this even being a setting but it sounds different to me than the middle pickup and the toggle off.

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  9. DarrenD

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    Possible to wire the bridge in SERIES?
     
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