#1
hello all those reading,

Ive got a washburn wi14. its got the basic tone tone volume volume setup. theres nothing wrong with that, but i find the tone controls usless for me. i found out that you can split humbuckers with 4 conductor, so im getting ready to order a set. what i wanted to do is to remove the two tones and replace them with mini toggles. now, 1)will mini toggles actually split coils? 2) if so on/on, on/on/on, ect.? 3) wiring?
(i also have a kill switch)

my "planned" setup is :

3way, volume, volume, kill switch, mini toggle, mini toggle

other suggestions would be great

thanks
#2
1) Yes, if wired correctly.
2) On/On will be fine.
3)Here's the wiring diagram, just instead of the push/pull pots shown, use mini toggles, and add the killswitch between the 3-way switch and the output.

Hope that helps
#3
First, the tone pots on most low end Washburns are very poor quality. Do not dismiss the use of a tone pot based on what you are experiencing with that guitar. I speak from experience having owned and currently own more than a few washburns. Get some good alpha pots and caps and you will notice a big difference.


Here is an idea you may want to consider. I am about to gut and rewire a Washburn WI64 so I have been looking for some unique wiring options. I was over checking out pickups on the Dimarzio site and ran across a number of diagrams where you can use the selector switch to do the splits. Here is an example where they use a 5 way rotary switch to do really do it all. I just need to figure out if I have enough room and adjust for using 2 volumes and 2 tones.

http://www.dimarzio.com/media/diagrams/F.pdf

There are others that use 3 and 4 way switches as well.

Just some food for though
#4
thanks to both of you.

i really have considered keeping the tone pot, but i have tested them in other guitars, and really dont have any use for them, but it was appreciated.

james- i didnt know about seymour's diagrams! i looked trough and found page's diagram, i know that two of the four have to be splitters, but what are the others, phase?
#5
the other two switches in the Jimmy Page style wiring are for putting the pickups in/out of pase with each other, and for putting them in series/parallel with each other. If you really don't want tone controls but want all four switchable options, you could wire your guitar so that each volume is a push-pull pot for splitting the pickup whose volume it controls (same as in the Jimmy Page diagram), and replace the tone pots with mini toggles to do in phase/out of phase and series/parallel.
#6
i thought they were. i had asked a guy at my local store about phasing, but he gave me a long description of how it works, i wanna know how it sounds. could you give me a zepplin song you know hes used it on (IV or physical graffiti preferably). i know people say you should keep a tone control, but i really dont use it, and i dont wanna be playing a accidentally roll it off. plus, the capacitors add a load to the signal, even w/ the tone all the way up.

thanks again