Yeah, I've got all the other parts I need. Solder.. strings... 200 capacitors and pots galore. Extra 22, 24 and 26 gauge wire in multiple colors and so on.
I'm no wiring virgin, but so far most of what I've wired has been just basic Strat stuff. This is my first time getting inside a Paul or doing anything involving blending or small value capacitors.
I actually have an old partscaster you might appreciate. It's the body of an old Squier I had from my childhood, back when the Affinity series was Alder. I don't think they are anymore. The neck is a GFS maple back and front, sanded to perfection on the back. The bridge, from an old strat my roomate had, with some added Wilkinson saddles and a solid steel sustain block from other guiars. Finally, two old ESP pickups from my second guitar that had half of the wax melt out when I left it in the car -_-. I had a 1meg tone and a 500k push-pull lying around, I think I shoved a .47uf cap on the tone. I took out the screws on the neck pup and wired the bridge backwards to the phase switch. Good times... damned thing is almost 12 years old now. Still screams. Good times..
It's just odd for me to see the inside of a guitar look so foreign after all of that.
So, was I correct in thinking that to bleed off the north coil you just take the coil-tap wire and instead, wire it to a volume knob?
I am actually having a bit of trouble trying to grasp the wiring for the neck pickup. I've decided I want to use the blend on the top coil, and then just reverse the polarity of the bridge to cut out some wiring/interference. I never really use the mid position in-phase anyway.
My problem comes in here. How would I blend away the signal of the top coil of the neck, while still keeping the separate tone controls for each pickup and the master volume. I cant visualize how that would look. I get that it's basically just treating the neck humbucker as two separate single coils. I just cant grasp putting the signals back together before the tone pot. It seems like I'd be wiring two pickups to the same tone knob.
Sorry for not realizing that I dont know how to do step 1 sooner.
Is it as simple as taking the wires that connect the two coils (the red and white on the Duncans) and attaching that to a volume pot that shunts to ground, and then taking the hot and wiring it to the tone and so on?
Thank you. I'll definitely give that a try as well. I found a pretty good deal on some shielding tape online.
That makes a lot of sense with the ground wires as well. Will definitely keep that in mind.
It's funny you mention the powerbar option with the buzzing issue. My old residence wasn't grounded, so I got special outlet covers and grounded them that way. When I moved, I kept them. I know very well the problem you mentioned there; even my series-wired humbuckers would buzz like crazy.
I'm going to stick with these pickups; I'm trying to make this thing scream with the stock pups. Funnily enough, this is the only guitar I own (out of my 15) that I don't know the brand or output of the pickups. I just know that I like them, and want to get the most out of them with some cheap mods. If I were to change them, however, I'd most likely get a P-rails for the neck with the same setup I asked about here, and a screaming hot set of GFS power rails in the bridge. That's just a bit out of my price range at the moment.
Yeah, I was going to experiment with the Kinman, Duncan and Simple wiring setups. I grabbed a ton of 1000pF and 3300pF caps (100 of each) and 25 100k resistors. Also, thanks to the lovely man in the video, I picked up a set of alligator clips like his, all for around $20.
I'll try your suggestion first. The only thing left on my mind now is just feedback from all the wiring going behind the pickups. That's a lot of wire passing back and forth behind the pups.
Do you have any experience with that sort of thing?
Again, thank you. I really appreciate all your help here.
Thank you so much for your quick and full responses. I just have one final question on the matter.
I want to keep the treble bleed on the master volume but I've read that because of how basic resistance works, that where the master volume has the cap to allow higher frequencies, other paths may have those same frequencies cut while following that path to ground. I actually saw a short video explaining the matter. Would this be affected by that? I don't actually know much of the math, but I came here to learn.
Secondly, I've never done or heard of having a volume pot (for the coil-split function) coming before a master volume. I'm wondering if having two volume controls for the same pickup will mess up the circuit as a whole.
The only difference I would have, would be some pot values and the push-pull function.
Please let me know if this should or could work.
Neck pickup (4 wire) to a 500k push-pull, using the pot as a volume for only the bottom coil, and the push-pull for phasing of the entire pickup. That then to a 500k tone pot. Then to the 3-way switch and finally to a 1meg master volume pot (with a treble bleed) and out to the jack.
Bridge pickup is going straight to the second 500k tone pot, then to the 3-way switch, which of course goes to the volume and then jack.
I need help, I have a 4 wire humbucker and I was trying to treat it like two separate single coil pickups. In theory it makes perfect sense, but when I tried it, after 3 hours of wiring, It just buzzed and my volume did nothing. It's just a single humbucker guitar with one volume and one tone, both DPDT push-pulls.
What I THOUGHT I did was: Take the top coil and phase switch it with push-pull #1
Take the bottom coil and use the push pull as an on/off switch to just turn that coil off for a split.
If someone could please help me out with a diagram that would be amazing.
ok, that makes sense to me except for one part. ive always seen tone knobs wired where the right lug (with the lugs facing down) is where the cap goes to ground, and the middle is connected to the volume. is that wrong, or just another way to do it?
heres a follow-up question on the 3 way switch thing. would it work if i had a 3 way switch and 3 pickups to do this.
neck selection on the switch - neck + mid both pups selection on the switch - all 3 pups bridge selection on the switch - mid + bridge
would it be as simple as to just attach two leads from the mid pup?
my end goal is to somehow figure a way to wire that 3 pup and 3 way switch diagram, with the mid pup having its own volume knob. im not entirely sure its possible.
any help would be much appreciated
now that i know this is possible, how would it be wired to its own volume pot? im new at wiring. would i just attach the hot wire to the pot and then link that to the jack? i dont know how to wire both the pickup w/ 2 leads to the switch and the indepedent vol for that pup.
and would there be a way to link it to the master tone knob? help would be great
im sorry, i meant, the bridge itself is adjustable. its about $80 at allparts.com, and ok, thanks. i havent gotten the parts yet, i figured id ask people who knew before i went and spent over $500 on a project that i couldnt finish without a workshop.
ok, yeah. that helped, thank you. im thinking about getting that squier hello kitty guitar, but refinishing it and putting in a nice split humbucker w/push pull. its got no guard. but its cheap and sounds good especially for the price. i love modding guitars!! :P