Wiring Mod?

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Ian Ashdown, Sep 24, 2021.

  1. Ian Ashdown

    Ian Ashdown Strat-O-Master

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    Just wondering if there is a simple and easily reversible wiring mod to give the option of using all three pickups at once. This would be on an SSS Strat. Not sure which is a likely candidate, could be a ‘50’s Squier that has become my Guinea Pig recently.

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    I know both 920D and Obsidian Wire have wiring set ups that allow you to blend the neck into the bridge and middle positions. Maybe it's me, bit it seems like it's becoming more and more popular to offer that. Obsidian Wire calls it the Gilmour mod on their S-S-S and H-S-S kits.
     
  3. uncle daddy

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    I used a 3 way switch with the middle slot giving neck and bridge, with the middle pickup on a blender pot. You lose middle by itself, which I don't mind, and I can still get the out of phase by blending the middle with either of the others. To be fair, all 3 doesn't sound that interesting.
     
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    All three:



    The blender is the easiest way.

    No need for a different pot, use the existing one.

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    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    I''d hafta say Fezz's post kinda shoots down that "not interesting" idea.. unless, of course, you're not interested...:p

    Just do what Fezz suggests, it's nice 'n simple...ya dial it in, ya dial it out... and rock on..
     
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    I'll bet his playing would sound even better in one of the other positions.
     
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    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    only if someone hearing it, preferred the sound of those other positions more... and then only of Fezz decided to play it in some other positions....

    But since he is the artist... and I would think since he posted it, he likes his art that way, it extends to you a choice, you can choose to enjoy it, or to not... if not, then move on along.. nothing to hear here...

    r
     
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    I could probably live without a middle pickup. I hate the out of phase tones, and the middle by itself is a bit, well, meh.
     
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    I had a customer about a year ago that had me replace his "middle" pickup with another "bridge" pickup and wire a 3 way switch so it's only one pickup at a time. He loves it that way.
     
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    What he said.

    There are other things you could do, like all three in series and with a total of six DPDT switches for phase flips like Brian May, or just wire all three hots to the volume pot and a single tone, but...

    Just be sure to wire the blender so it's active in P-1 and P-2 only and doesn't bring the bridge back in P-3 and up.
     
  11. Bob Spumoni

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    I enjoy the all-three sound, the bridge/neck ("Tele") sound not so much (kinda nasal). You generally use a push-pull pot on (usually) a tone knob, activating usually the bridge. It's an easy job: diagrams abound online. A mini-switch is a little easier, but alters the guitar's appearance.
     
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    There are also some push-push pots available. some guys like them better as the work like a stomp switch. Just whack and go!
     
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    Nope. I sound the same in all positions. Because I know how to f'n play. :D
     
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    Agree 100%.

    I have wired mine the way you do for years. I blame it on getting a Telecaster in 71. First Strat was 79.
     
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    and therein lies the cure to ALL your tone chasing... learn to play and all those tone issues tend to disappear..
     
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    I never think about "tone". I may have 45 years ago...But I know what sounds good and it just happens now.
     
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    Me too.. I do what most professionals do.. I sit down, pick 'er up.. play a few licks, adjust the knobs... repeat, and dig in... in most cases I couldn't tell ya what kinda wood's the body is made from or the fingerboard, or nickel or Stainless frets,.. Nitro or not, or even where the pups came from... I just play and enjoy it... "you" guys should try it...
     
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    That's what it supposed to be. :)
     
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    I ran the repair shop in a large "guitar" store in the early 90's. At least one Saturday a month
    we had a "brand endorsed" star come in and do a clinic. I remember some pour sap kid asking
    Yngwie Malmsteen how he gets "that tone" in one of his solos only to get screamed at, "IT'S IN YOUR F-ING FINGERS"! The pour kid (barely 12 or 13) headed for the door in tears! I took the kid in the shop and calmed him down so he could at least attend the rest of the clinic! We never had him back! lol! The next guy was the exact opposite. Gary Moore even let a kid play his Les Paul to learn how to play something right!
     
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    No need to yell at kids.

    Adults yes, kids no. :D