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Unread 09-10-2007, 11:33 PM   #1
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Tapping, switching, pushing, and pulling: HELP!

Okay, I've done some more research... more knowledge leads to new questions

I've got the Duncan Designed JB/Jazz... which makes more sense:

- replacing the existing 3-way blade switch with a 5-way/4-pole and coil-splitting each pickup;

- replacing the existing 3-way blade switch with a 5-way/4-pole and combining outer and inner in parallel;

- keeping the existing 3-way blade switch and replacing the tone pot with a push-pull coil-split?


Also, what difference in sound will the first two options achieve? I'm a little confused about that.

Finally, has anyone ordered from guitarelectronics.com, and if so, what's been your experience?

When I order (from wherever), I'll probably replace the cheap pots I have with better ones, and a couple other accessories as well, so I'm open to suggestions about the best way to mod these pickups!

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Unread 09-11-2007, 01:51 PM   #2
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I suggest keeping the existing 3-way blade switch and replacing the tone pot with a push-pull coil-split. This comfig will give us much more possibilities
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here's what i've done to my RG7621 and RG7620:
Wiring Diagram for my RG762x's

i've not ordered anything from that site, but my experiences with StewMac and AllParts have been pretty good.

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here's what i've done to my RG7621 and RG7620:
Wiring Diagram for my RG762x's

i've not ordered anything from that site, but my experiences with StewMac and AllParts have been pretty good.
Good God, Leon... that's a LOT of options off a 3-way switch!

After the shock fades, the possibilities begin... hmmm... Thanks for the replies! I'll probably replace the switch anyway (cheap electronics in this guitar!), but 3-way/push-pull pot(s) seem the way to go!

Thanks!
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- replacing the existing 3-way blade switch with a 5-way/4-pole and coil-splitting each pickup;
- replacing the existing 3-way blade switch with a 5-way/4-pole and combining outer and inner in parallel;
with the 5-way, you could do _both_ of those in the same setup.
1 - neck, full
2 - neck, coil split
3 - two inner coils
4 - bridge, coil split
5 - bridge, full

i always prefer 5-way switches because they give you many more possible combinations. then i use push/pulls to switch the entire 5-way into a different "mode" with new combinations. for example, you could do positions 2-4 above with the inner coils, then have a push/pull change those positions to use the outer coils.

here is my H/S/H switching scheme, with push/pull down, then up.
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I find the series/parallel switching to be somewhat more practical than a straight coil tap. A coil tap instantly cuts your output in half; the series-to-parallel drops it a little bit, but it gives you back a lot of the highs that the standard series-wired humbucker "steals", as compared to a single coil. If you're going to drop off one coil from a humbucker, it helps to start with a pretty high-powered one to begin with.
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Wow.

I'm gonna have to sit and think about this for... ever?

But wow, thanks for all the input!!



Edit: Wed Sept 12
Okay, been thinking... is it possible to wire this on a 5-way switch?

1 - Neck, series
2 - Neck, parallel
3 - Inner coils, series
4 - Bridge, parallel
5 - Bridge, series

Is that possible? If so, I think that's what I'm really looking for... and then maybe add the push-pull for splitting, like so:

1 - Neck, split
2 - North coils, parallel
3 - Outer coils, parallel
4 - South coils, parallel
5 - Bridge, split

Or something like that, I dunno. Any other opinions?

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