#1
I've been trying to wire a guitar that I built, and I'm having little success.

Here's what I've got:

It's two pots. The volume pot is also a switch, and that's where my problem is; none of the diagrams I can find on the web are of any help. I tried to guess, but that failed. The pics here are really bad as my camera is junk and refuses to focus that close.

This is the wire from the neck position humbucker:
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c78/Kronk-san/DSCF3896.jpg
This is from the bridge position:
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c78/Kronk-san/DSCF3895.jpg
Here is the pot/switch that I now hate. if you can't see: the input jack is connected to the center tab on the pot, the ground from the sleeve of the input jack is grounded to the pot, and the tab closest to you is also grounded.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c78/Kronk-san/DSCF3899.jpg
Input jack: white wire to the tip, and ground wire to the sleeve.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c78/Kronk-san/DSCF3897.jpg
Tone pot wired in to the volume. The right hand tab of the volume pot is wired to the center tab of the tone. The right hand tab of the tone is soldered to the thing-that-I-don't-know-the-name-of which is wired to the ground. The yellow wire is a ground wire.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c78/Kronk-san/DSCF3901.jpg
Another picture of the pot:
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c78/Kronk-san/DSCF3900.jpg


So, basically, I don't have a clue what to do from this point. I'd truly appreciate any help I could get on this. It's driving be nuts.

Thanks.

[EDIT] I broke the image codes for general bandwidth saving purposes.
Last edited by -Rane- at Apr 17, 2008,
#3
So what is it that you are trying to do with the push/pull pot? That thing you don't know the name of is a capacitor if I know what you were talking about.
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#4
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So what is it that you are trying to do with the push/pull pot? That thing you don't know the name of is a capacitor if I know what you were talking about.


I just want it to switch between the neck and bridge pickup. I have a wiring diagram that shows how to wire a guitar with a three-way switch, but the three-way's connections don't look anything like the switch on the push-pull pot.

And, yeah, the capacitor is what I was talking about.
Last edited by -Rane- at Apr 16, 2008,
#5
No offense but first off, by the looks of your soldering skills, i think you've jumped in over your head. 2nd because the push pull pot is essentially a 2 way switch you will only be able to get 2 different configurations, ie 1. bridge pickup and 2. neck pick up, no combination of the two. If you are ok with that, your going to need to wire your neck pickup to the top two terminals on the push-pull and the bridge to the bottom 2. Then your ground and hot leads will come out of the middle 2 terminals on your push pull, wire those just like any other diagram from the switch to the volume. Hope that helps.
#6
it's pretty straight forward... the reason the above posters are a little "wtf?!" is that it's something that drawn better on just about every pickup and guitar manufacturers website.

None the less, that doesnt help answer your question. I think the key part you're missing here is the whole STDP (single throw double poll) switch that is the push/pull pot you have. The centers are your constants... in this case, pos and neg of the signal. They connect like a vertical = sign. This should help:

What I play:
CustomShop '51 Nocaster Relic
'88 "C" neck Clapton Strat
'08 Strat HSH
Fender Princeton Recording Amp
Boss Micro-BR
Last edited by boostdemon at Apr 17, 2008,
#8
boostdemon, thanks so much, you rock. The drawing helped tremendously.

RicardoB, thank you also. Despite my bad soldering skills and "jumping in over my head" I still managed to finish all the wiring with perfect functionality and no hum. That's all that matters to me.

And I appriciate it, forsaknazrael, but I've already got the guitar wired.
#9
yeah i dont think your soldering was that horrible... they looked clean, just that there was more solder than required.

good job, pics?
What I play:
CustomShop '51 Nocaster Relic
'88 "C" neck Clapton Strat
'08 Strat HSH
Fender Princeton Recording Amp
Boss Micro-BR
#10
Yeah, I was just getting the feel for things on the first few; I put way too much solder.

I'll put some pics up pretty soon. Here's an older photo of the guitar:

Last edited by -Rane- at Apr 17, 2008,