Funky Five Switching
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Caution: As we have stated previously on other guitar wiring pages:|
1) If your guitar is under warranty, doing any kind of unauthorized work will void it.
2) This will change the appearance of your guitar.
For these wiring diagrams, one new "caution" should be stated:
Without even counting the fifth switch (the phase switch),
this circuit will give a 2 humbucker guitar 12 tone options.
As far as the advantages:
Perhaps the only disadvantage of this circuit is the wiring is a little complex and you must
be very precise in your work.|
The chart below shows how to "flip" the switches to get each of the 12 sounds.
That guitar is an OLP MM1 and can be purchased for under $200. There are some great electric guitars available (either through the Internet or your local music shop), that cost less than $200.
The rest of this article consists of the explanation of the circuit. If you want to start wiring this circuit, then you don't need to read any further.
When the switch is in the "down" position, the upper 2 terminals are connected. Switching it "up" connects the bottom 2 terminals. (See above)
Switches wired in this manner allow one humbucker (or two single coils) to have 4 switching options:
1) Coil A only
2) Coil B only
3) Both coils in parallel
4) Both coils in series
These are also the four options you can get by using Seymour Duncan Triple Shot pickup mounting rings so which to choose?
If you can understand those 2 switching circuits, then you will see that in circuit 3, by turning both switches off, both pickups have actually become wired in parallel.
Following the wiring for circuit 4, (notice the wire connection between terminals 'A' and 'D'?), you can now see how the pickups are wired in series.
If you can understand how the above circuit works, then you will understand the principles of the circuits
on this page and the next page.
For even more tone options, go to
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