psw Posted August 24, 2008 Report Share Posted August 24, 2008 OK...here is my next proposed project... A bit of a branching out from the sustainer stuff...however this guitar has numerous electronic and other features that will be of interest and perhaps another thread when it is finished like the Blueteleful Telecaster Project (see link in signature). I may be slow getting this done...but I have recently got some great tips from the guys over at Guitar Nuts 2 Link...so at least have a resemblance of a plan... First...here is a pic of the condition it is in now!!!! I devised some very clever switch pots...4pdt twist base, dpdt push pull switch and 500kA pot functions...very stealth. I also installed a 24 connector "Super Switch" selector... I had all kinds of high hopes for it. The pot idea was to make a discrete Sustainer control that would turn the thing on, switch the harmonic function and the Drive control pot...and I didn't want to add a whole bunch of switches or even drill into the face of the guitar. .... The guitar is a high end Squier Contemporary Strat in Mahogany... The pickups have been replaced with a Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker in the bridge and a pair of Fender Noiseless JB hot pickups for the neck and middle. It is a great playing guitar...shame it has been hanging on the wall like this unplayed for almost a year!!! .... The proposed wiring idea is to use the super switch and a "mode" switch to get combinations like this as the base selections... Mode switch down A. Bridge B. Bridge + Middle C. Bridge + Neck D. Middle + Neck E. Neck Mode switch up A. Bridge + Middle + Neck B. Bridge * Middle C. Bridge * Neck D. Middle * Neck E. Bridge * Middle * Neck So 10 selections right there... The first bank being parallel similar to a strat but instead of the middle alone, a bridge and neck selection in position 3 ©. The second bank of selections include all three in parallel (+) and in series (*) and series selections similar to the first. This was devised by Mike Richardson but modded further and recommended by ChrisK at GN2...thanks Chris! Along with this, basic scheme...a parallel/series switch on the bridge HB will give two flavors of this pickup and so adding 7 more variations. Parallel HB's have a lighter more single coil like flavor while still being humbucking...noise reduction is something I am looking for more and more these days...so no coil splitting. Another addition will be a phase switch on the neck pickup (PP tone control)...this can work really well with combinations in series and especially all three pickup selections...this switch will give a further 6 variations....and a further 4 with the HB in parallel with the neck in OoP mode. So...the result should yeild...27 combinations!!!!!! .... In addition, this guitar is fitted with a new stealth sustainer...the middle control, so integrating that will be testing...so effectively another two variations.... Also...I fitted a piezo element into the neck socket...so this may be worked into the scheme as well doubling the selection flavors effectively. Almost 60 different wiring configurations!!!! Of course...they may not all work out...we will have to see! ... This project has not yet been restarted again quite yet, so progress may be slow on this...but since there has been a renewed interest in exotic wiring, I thought I might make my mistakes a little more public rather than presenting the finished "product"... Comments and suggestions are welcome...first thing will be stripping all those colorful wires out of the thing!!!! pete Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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