One humbucker with a 5-way switch

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  1. Whammy

    Whammy SS.org Regular

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    I’m wiring a guitar with only one humbucker in the bridge. Visually I want simplicity, but I still want a guitar that can achieve more than one tone.

    The first thing that popped into my head for wiring was the following:
    1 Series
    2 Slug coil only
    3 Both coils out of phase
    4 Screw coil only
    5 Parallel

    Personally I think it will cover everything I need with just positions 1, 2 & 5. I doubt position 3 will be useful but I need to fill the position with something.

    I did however come across a Fender Strat built by Jason Smith that used a 5-way with one pickup.
    His wiring was pretty interesting.
    1 Full humbucker
    2 Split humbucker
    3 Full humbucker with the screw coil run through a 1uf capacitor (bass boost)
    4 Full humbucker with diode clipping circuit (mild overdrive)
    5 Full humbucker with both diode and capacitor engaged

    Unfortunately I can’t find a wiring diagram.

    Has anyone ever done anything similar or has any other possibilities that could be done?
    Essentially I’m looking for some quirky wiring options.
     
  2. Dahl

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    Try these schematics, maybe:
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    I would lose the out of phase position and add series straight to jack. Positions 2-5 would use the volume pot like normal.

    1 series straight to jack
    2 series
    3 outside coil
    4 inside coil
    5 parallel

    With this setup you could, for example, have it in #5 parallel with the volume rolled back for a clean tone then switch to position 1 for instant full volume distortion and then quickly back to #5 for clean again.
     
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    Thats not a bad idea. Straight to jack is usually called a "blower" switch right?
     
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    Putting a humbucker’s coils out of phase in the middle of a 5-way’s throw is like assigning right click+left click on a mouse to delete system32.

    If you’re needing sounds to justify using a 5-way with one pickup, how about a filter? Make a bridge pickup sound like a neck pickup, use a high-pass filter to make it sound like AM radio. Have the switch position trigger a urine bomb.
     
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  6. Whammy

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    Some interesting ideas in here :)

    I like the idea of a volume/tone bypass and the hi-pass filter.

    I wouldn’t mind a subtle hi-pass filter just for a tighter high gain option. Around 80-120hz seems sensible.

    The straight to jack option sounds interesting, but I’ve never used something like that. How usable is the sound with a high output humbucker? Is it not overkill?

    I listened to some examples of people wiring diodes into their guitar. Most times is sounded like poop. Probably because they were trying to get it to provide too much distortion.
     

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