#1
hello

ive recently started doing mods on my strat and have successfully done the master tone and 7 way switch but im stuck on getting the series wiring to work. I am following the dan armstrong wiring that i've attached.

I originally had it wired with a 250k pot and I had the series aspect working but not the normal strat switch - the bridge and neck worked fine but all pickup selections involving the middle pickup had no change. I went out today and got a 500k pot and installed that but my problems seem to of got worse. Sometimes with the pot "off" i would have no sound at all, other times the problem i mentioned earlier. I disassembled the series connection and the guitar works fine when re-wired to normal, so with my limited knowledge I'm stumped. Any help would be appreciated. Maybe there's a better diagram to follow or a better way of wiring it to series. I've also attached a pic of my wiring.

thanks for your time
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#2
this is a wiring I'm not familiar with but i can reverse engineer it, what does the last pot do, i can imagine it would be similar to the 7 way mod to blend in the pickups right? its easier for me to ask this right away as it saves me a bit of time to figure out how this works.

update, this will help , this guys really hands on too so it should help until i get a better understanding of the wiring
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWF1L7GBYfU
Last edited by Tallwood13 at Apr 4, 2016,
#3
ok i will watch the video and reply with results. the last pot is the blender of the bridge and neck pickups. on the master tone pot (2nd pot) i have a push pull that engages the 7 way switch. i dont think that effects the series wiring but i dont know for sure. Is there a better way to wire this perhaps? it doesnt have to be the dan armstrong way i just thought that would be an interesting way of doing it. thanks for your reply
#4
it looks like i may be missing some connections on the 5 way switch - good, clear video thanks for the link
#5
any time the only one i didnt see which i swear I'm color blind or something was the wire from "1" (top left contact on the switch) to 0 (common) on the bottom right there was an orange wire that almost blends in with the switches color. This happens with reds in photos ; I learned this from all my years of doing graphic design.

but hope the video helped, if not let me know, Brejatoneworks is very insightful.
#6
the video did help and that was the wire i'd missed as well as the cross between a3 and b2. now i have the series wired and working, re-incorporating the 7-way with the push pull is now the problem - i cant get the bridge and neck to go in parellel. going to rest the soldering iron for tonite and try it tomorrow. thx again for ur help
#7
well i decided to leave the armstrong mod and try a different one that combines a different series wiring with the 7 way switch - i got it to work this time. sounds great, ecspecially if you like the neck-middle squak on a strat. series wiring of the bridge and neck, also bridge/neck in series w/ middle in parellel, bridge and neck parellel and all 3 pickups in parellel. here's a link to the diagram - wasn't aware but it looks like it's a david gilmour mod


http://s210.photobucket.com/user/maxsysdiy/media/Gilmour%20Black%20Strat%20Build/Strat9-Way3.jpg.html
#8
very nice, i'm doing a few pickguards for my ebay for early may or sometime in June.

I got really into different types of tone controls and all. Here's some ideas for a future wiring job, I love the idea of the 7 way mod myself, but whenever i see two classic tone controls i always tend to show people these ideas. Also don't forget about the super 5 way switch and fender S1 switch , although I'm sure you could put a 4pdt in there no problem or try out an unorthodox tone control like the image below on a blog i did a few weeks ago. I got the idea from a french blog and modified it.

but in the mean time enjoy the new wiring