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Just Thought I Would Share - 46 Combos With 2 Humbuckers!


xadioriderx
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I was asked to draw up a diagram for someone else, and finally today i added it to my webpage, and listed out all (46)of the combos you get. Its for an HH setup, and i hadnt realized it produces THAT many combinations :D

now, let me start by saying, its overkill, and i would never use it myself. and i cant imagine anyone using most of them. but oh well, it was fun!

so heres the basics:

2 Volume Push/Pull, 2 Tone Push/Pull, 2 DP3T ON-ON-ON Switches, 3 way pickup selector.

Neck Volume P/P Up puts both humbuckers in series "megabucker"

Neck Tone P/P Up kills sound "killswitch"

Bridge Volume P/P Up Reverses Phase of Bridge Humbucker to OOP with Neck

Bridge Tone P/P Up Routes Bridge Directly to output "blower switch"

Each DP3T sets its humbucker bobbins to Series(normal)-Split Coil-Parallel

Tonal Options (NVU=neck volume up, etc; NDP3T1= Neck DP3T in setting 1):

> 3way in ANY Position:

-- BTU (Any others) BDP3T1 = Bridge only Humbucking (all pots bypassed)

-- BTU (Any others) BDP3T2 = Bridge only Split to Single Coil (all pots bypassed)

-- BTU (Any others) BDP3T3 = Bridge only Parallel (all pots bypassed)

-- NTU (Any others except BTU) = Kill

> 3way in neck position:

-- NVD NTD BV(any) BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T(any) = Neck Only Humbucking

-- NVD NTD BV(any) BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T(any) = Neck Only Split to Single Coil

-- NVD NTD BV(any) BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T(any) = Neck Only Parallel

-- NVU (Any other) = Kill

> 3way in middle position:

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T1 = Both in humbucking, parallel, in phase

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T1 = Neck split, bridge humbucking, parallel, in phase

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T1 = Neck poles parallel, bridge humbucking, parallel, in phase

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T2 = Neck humbucking, bridge split, parallel, in phase

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T2 = Both split, parallel, in phase

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T2 = Neck poles parallel, bridge split, parallel, in phase

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T3 = Neck humbucking, bridge poles parallel, parallel, in phase

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T3 = Neck split, bridge poles parallel, parallel, in phase

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T3 = Both set of poles parallel, parallel, in phase

-- NVU NTD BVD BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T1 = Both in humbucking, series (megabucker), in phase

-- NVU NTD BVD BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T1 = Neck split, bridge humbucking, series (megabucker), in phase

-- NVU NTD BVD BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T1 = Neck poles parallel, bridge humbucking, series (megabucker), in phase

-- NVU NTD BVD BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T2 = Neck humbucking, bridge split, series (megabucker), in phase

-- NVU NTD BVD BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T2 = Both split, series (megabucker), in phase

-- NVU NTD BVD BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T2 = Neck poles parallel, bridge split, series (megabucker), in phase

-- NVU NTD BVD BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T3 = Neck humbucking, bridge poles parallel, series (megabucker), in phase

-- NVU NTD BVD BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T3 = Neck split, bridge poles parallel, series (megabucker), in phase

-- NVU NTD BVD BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T3 = Both set of poles parallel, series (megabucker), in phase

-- NVU NTD BVU BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T1 = Both in humbucking, series (megabucker), out of phase

-- NVU NTD BVU BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T1 = Neck split, bridge humbucking, series (megabucker), out of phase

-- NVU NTD BVU BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T1 = Neck poles parallel, bridge humbucking, series (megabucker), out of phase

-- NVU NTD BVU BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T2 = Neck humbucking, bridge split, series (megabucker), out of phase

-- NVU NTD BVU BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T2 = Both split, series (megabucker), out of phase

-- NVU NTD BVU BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T2 = Neck poles parallel, bridge split, series (megabucker), out of phase

-- NVU NTD BVU BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T3 = Neck humbucking, bridge poles parallel, series (megabucker), out of phase

-- NVU NTD BVU BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T3 = Neck split, bridge poles parallel, series (megabucker), out of phase

-- NVU NTD BVU BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T3 = Both set of poles parallel, series (megabucker), out of phase

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T1 = Both in humbucking, parallel, in phase

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T1 = Neck split, bridge humbucking, parallel, out of phase

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T1 = Neck poles parallel, bridge humbucking, parallel, out of phase

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T2 = Neck humbucking, bridge split, parallel, out of phase

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T2 = Both split, parallel, out of phase

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T2 = Neck poles parallel, bridge split, parallel, out of phase

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T1 BDP3T3 = Neck humbucking, bridge poles parallel, parallel, out of phase

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T2 BDP3T3 = Neck split, bridge poles parallel, parallel, out of phase

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T3 BDP3T3 = Both set of poles parallel, parallel, out of phase

> 3way in bridge position:

-- NVD NTD BV(any) BTD NDP3T(any) BDP3T1 = Bridge only Humbucking

-- NDU (Any others) = Kill

-- NVD NTD BVD BTD NDP3T(any) BDP3T2 = Bridge split to upper bobbin

-- NVD NTD BVU BTD NDP3T(any) BDP3T2 = Bridge split to lower bobbin

-- NVD NTD BV(any) BTD NDP3T(any) BDP3T3 = Bridge poles parallel

and the diagram:

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I think I'm going to try this wiring set up in luthier school this year.

You could probably do enough research with all those combinations to get a PhD. Heck just writing the user documentation should get you a good way down the line. :D

I keep getting this picture in my mind of someone doing a show with a half hour between songs and frantic flicking of switches and pots following a set of notes to set up for the next song :D

I would never have the patience to sit and work it all out or burn my brain out wiring it all.

Interesting though.

Keith

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Varitones are fun to play with if you like to experiment. I have a strat-type guitar that has the second tone knob replaced with a varitone. With all the varitone positions, two split humbuckers, and a kill switch, it yields something like 73 combinations, if you count all the varitone positions. I have a mind to replace the varitone with some sort of high-pass filter though. Or maybe a DIY piezo. We'll see.

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  • 2 weeks later...

That's a little too many combinations to keep track of... :D

:D no kidding. id be in the middle of gigging and be like "hold on a sec!" *flips switches, strums once* "nope, hold on" *flips a few more, strums again* "crap, i cant remember what sound i wanted... youll have to wait a minute while i...!" B) "stupid users manual..."

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Incidentally, I completely agree with you guys. The OP's schematic was theoretical, and while mine was actually done, it was a learning project.

actually, i drew it up for a guy to use, so its not theoretical lol

but if you add a single coil with phase reversal so its HHS, and series parallel.... hmmm XD

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  • 3 months later...

welcome welcome welcome my friend to the mad scientist club. with that diagram you have officially toked on the electronics crack pipe and i salute you that is some straight up jimmy page from mars stuff i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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