May 26th, 2011, 02:29 PM
Okay, my wiring acumen is only as good as the diagram in front of me. I have also never attempted to use mini-toggle switches for anything. That said, I am now trying to wire up two guitars (a strat, and a Nashville-style Tele), which are both going to have 3 mini-toggle switches on each. They are simple, 2-position on/off switches, and there are no mods involved, just an on or off position for each pickup. I saw a diagram at duncan's website for this, but it showed each mini-toggle with 3 soldering posts on the bottom. The switches I bought have six posts (3 pairs). Do I need to wire, for instance, the 'hot' across both middle posts, or just to one of them? Does it even matter?
May 26th, 2011, 03:54 PM
Aren't on/off switches exactly the same than on/on switches ? The difference is just if the second position is connected or not...
About your question, a 6 pin switch works exactly the same. The difference is that each side works completely independently, there's no left/right connection !
Practically this means :
- connect the pickup hot (white wire) to 1
- connect 2 to your volume pot
- the black wire goes direct to the ground (back of volume pot)
When the switch is down, the pickup is on, when the switch is up the pickup is out of the circuit !
- do the same for the 3 pups
Doing this, you have the pups in parallel, not in series, so you can have all pickup(s) combinations possible (3 x 1 pup alone, 3 x 2 pups together for a Tele meet Strat configuration, all pups together and finally no pup, which is cool for manual tremolo effect !)
May 26th, 2011, 04:38 PM
And by the way, here's somebody famous who used the exact same configuration :
May 26th, 2011, 05:17 PM
Thanks, Nic! I appreciate your time and expertise. Now I'm off to burn my fingertips, and melt a couple of pots.