# Wiring Help

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I have been trying to find a 4 pole, 5 way switch but have found them to be very scarce and fairly expensive. I am after a prs style setup.

On further investigation into other wiring methods to avoid using one i found this diagram,

which seems to give the same functions as **this**

(both of these are from http://www.geocities.jp/dgb_studio/index_e.htm)

These have the same description in terms of the pup combination at each switch position, i.e.

No PU

1 PU1AxPU1B Neck Humbucker

2 PU1A Neck Tap

3 PU1AxPU1B+PU2CxPU2D Humbucker Parallel

4 PU2C Bridge Tap

5 PU2CxPU2D Bridge Humbucker

My question is, if the 2 pole switch can provide the same functionality as the 4 pole, why do people use the 4 pole switch? If it can't, what is the difference between these 2 circuits?

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My question is, if the 2 pole switch can provide the same functionality as the 4 pole, why do people use the 4 pole switch? If it can't, what is the difference between these 2 circuits?

Sometimes you can wire what you want with a two pole, sometimes you can't. It is better to have them and not use them than to need them and not have them.

EDIT: Oh by the way, the two pole diagram is using a "real" 5-way switch - it has a separate lug or tap for the middle two positions which the normal "strat" two pole doesn't. But you knew that... right?

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Sometimes you can wire what you want with a two pole, sometimes you can't. It is better to have them and not use them than to need them and not have them.

EDIT: Oh by the way, the two pole diagram is using a "real" 5-way switch - it has a separate lug or tap for the middle two positions which the normal "strat" two pole doesn't. But you knew that... right?

uummm...sure i knew that! Which brings me to my next question, where can i find digrams like this which show terminal assignmnets for switches. The one below is for the super switch from stew mac, but they don't have them for other switches.

I was looking for them when i found the diagrams above, and could have saved myself a lot of hassle if i had them.

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EDIT: Oh by the way, the two pole diagram is using a "real" 5-way switch - it has a separate lug or tap for the middle two positions which the normal "strat" two pole doesn't. But you knew that... right?

**lightbulb** GuitarNuts.com sorted me out!

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