Say you've got 3 humbuckers (For the sake of argument, a SD JB, Vintage Rails, and '59). If each had an on/off switch, just how complex can you really get?

A 4-conductor humbucker can be switched from series to parallel pretty easily, and I'm sure there is a way to tap either the front or rear coil with a 3-way toggle. At that point, could you even go so far as to add a phase switch for the tapped positions?

I guess what I'm asking is if you have a 3 humbucker guitar, and you exhaust every available switching option, just how many combinations are REALLY possible.

I figure 3 pickups with 7 options each (Series, Parallel, Front coil, Rear coil, Front coil out-of-phase, Rear coil out-of-phase) equal a factorial equation of 3!7 (Not sure if thats the correct, its been a while ) which results in 2,187 possible combinations.

Input?

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Last edited by jm1681 at Feb 14, 2008,
this wiring gets you 11867 options with an HSH. You could probably figure out how to add an extra coil with in/out of phase/series/parallel...
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this wiring gets you 11867 options with an HSH...
Holy ****...

I was thinking something like this...

3 - humbuckers

3 - on/off switches
3 - Series/Parallel switches
3 - full humbucker, Front coil, Rear coil switches
3 - phase switches

I can't pretend to know how this type of thing works, but thats how I'd want it.

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Wow, that would be pointless.
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I'd go for impractical before pointless, regardless, I'm just curious if its possible.

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Quote by jm1681
Holy ****...

I was thinking something like this...

3 - humbuckers

3 - on/off switches
3 - Series/Parallel switches
3 - full humbucker, Front coil, Rear coil switches
3 - phase switches

I can't pretend to know how this type of thing works, but thats how I'd want it.

on top of that you could add series/parallel switch for all the pickups in relation to eachother (rather than in relation to the neighbouing coil), as well as all pickups in/out of phase (as opposed to coils of a humbucker in/out of phase with eachother).
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Wow, that would be pointless.

quite

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Wow, that would be pointless.

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on top of that you could add series/parallel switch for all the pickups in relation to eachother (rather than in relation to the neighbouing coil), as well as all pickups in/out of phase (as opposed to coils of a humbucker in/out of phase with eachother)...

Ok, ok, it would be pointless AND impractical, but, where would one find wiring diagrams of this nature (Pointless and impractical that is).

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That'd be a good studio guitar, because of its versatility, but live that would just be a hassle.
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Didn't Kerry King use MGs at some point?

I think he just endorses them because he likes sacks of money
I wired a HH guitar with 18 options for a guy once. Within a month he had me change it back to a 5 way.
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That'd be a good studio guitar, because of its versatility...
Yahtzee.

A friend of mine just opened a mini-studio out of his house. He wanted to setup a guitar to cover any and every sound a customer might need.

No intention of live use.

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