#1
Okay, this is just an idea running through my head. What if I put a bridge pup on switch and a kill switch? I am getting rid of a tone knob and moving everything down one (tone in bottom hole, volume in middle) so that leaves one hole for a switch. Drilling the pickguard isnt a problem but where could I put it so it wont be in the way? Not to mention not look absolutely retarted.


Its a strat incase the "holes in the pickguard" bit confused you.
#2
I'd say... Use a single tone in the 3rd hole (nearest the output jackplate) with a single volume in the 1st hole (nearest the bridge) and put the switch inbetween them.

But it depends on what you really want to achieve from it.

Are you replacing the 5-way switch with a 3-way blade?
#3
Quote by StaggHound
I'd say... Use a single tone in the 3rd hole (nearest the output jackplate) with a single volume in the 1st hole (nearest the bridge) and put the switch inbetween them.

But it depends on what you really want to achieve from it.

Are you replacing the 5-way switch with a 3-way blade?

yeah.

you'll still have to do some drilling, most switches are bigger than the pot shaft.
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#4
^ Most toggle switches are much, much smaller.
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#5
I'm using mini toggles with washers to hold them. I have thought about putting the switches between the knobs but it seems like the switces would be in an uncomfortable location.

I thought about it, looked over some schematics and decided to use a push button in the first hole (nearest the pickup) for the bridge on. Now the question is where do I put the toggle? I was thinking there might be enough room for it in line with the switches. Any other options I'm missing?
#6
If you're using a push-push pot for it... Then you don't have to worry about a killswitch for the bridge.

Now... If you use a push-push pot to switch on the bridge, and you use a toggle for the killswitch...

Then... I dunno. It really depends on where you like to pick.
#7
Okay, maybe I didnt make it perfectly clear the way I wrote it. Let me try to re-write it so its a little more drawn out.


- HSS pups
-5 way switch
-master volume
-master tone
-bridge on button(NOT a push pull pot)
-killswitch

I hope that makes it a little clearer. I wrote that first post a bit hastly.
#8
If you're using a bridge on button, you don't need a 5-way switch.

Because a bridge-on switch would then just be an on/off switch for the bridge, but you've already got on/off for the bridge in the 5-way switch.

So, do you want a toggle to switch the 3-way blade (neck-neck/middle-middle) out of the circuit, or do you only use the bridge combined with one of those?

Or do you then want a 5-way blade (neck-neck/middle-middle-middle/bridge-bridge) with a killswitch just for the bridge (the bridge on button) and another, general killswitch?

As for placement... It really does depend on where you pick. If you pick closer to the bridge, it might be good to have it further up in the body so that you won't hit it by accident.
#9
no, the bridge on is so I can get neck+bridge and neck+middle+bridge. The killswitch will be wired to the volume pot. It will cut everything off.

I pick between the neck and middle pups, but palm muting is a problem. I know that already b/c of the volume knob thats there now.
#10
But the bridge on button will act as a dedicated killswitch for the bridge pup anyway, by its' very nature.

Placement really has to do specifically with where you can put it that it won't interfere with anything else physically, and won't be hit by accident.
#11
Maybe I'll just stick with the bridge on button. Thanks for helping me sort this out.


Just to be sure, heres the diagram I saw. I know this is for the neck pup but it can easily be switched to bridge. http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/allpickups.php

according to that it wont act as a killswitch


EDIT:

for the bridge on/off switch could I use this?

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062508&cp=&sr=1&origkw=spst+button&kw=spst+button&parentPage=search


if not I could use this ( http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062541&cp ) but it looks like it'd be an eye sore. I wish I could find one in white.
Last edited by livrockdie at Feb 18, 2007,
#12
Quote by livrockdie
Maybe I'll just stick with the bridge on button. Thanks for helping me sort this out.


Just to be sure, heres the diagram I saw. I know this is for the neck pup but it can easily be switched to bridge. http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/allpickups.php

according to that it wont act as a killswitch


EDIT:

for the bridge on/off switch could I use this?

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062508&cp=&sr=1&origkw=spst+button&kw=spst+button&parentPage=search


if not I could use this ( http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062541&cp ) but it looks like it'd be an eye sore. I wish I could find one in white.


See, it was the doubling up that made me consider other solutions - it's not often that you have two switches that do the same thing!

But yes, that diagram is fine, with a slight modification.

As for the switch, well, can't guarantee it'll fit, but otherwise, it should be fine.
#13
I probibly wont do the kill switch. I think I'll just put a button for the bridge switch where the volume is now and move the rest down.
#14
go to guitarfetish.com and look at the super strat kits in the pick guard section. it gives each pick up an individual switch, ive got it on my strat
#15
I thought about that and decided not to.


right now I'm putting an old humbucker in my strat and putting a bridge on toggle switch. I'll post pix tommorow.