May 13th, 2012, 08:26 AM
I've been brainstorming for a possible future build, and how I'd ideally wire up an esquire.
With a no load tone pot, bypassing the tone pot becomes unnecessary, so that already frees up one position.
What I'm thinking:
1. Volume and tone
2. Volume and tone with a bass cut, i.e. a capacitor in series. I'm thinking something like the 'real Nancy wiring'.
3. Volume and small treble cut, i.e. Eldred mod
What do you think? Doable and/or potentially useful?
May 14th, 2012, 11:02 AM
Well I know 1 and 3 would be easy. Not sure about how to get a cap in series without affecting the other positions.
I find the small cap to ground useful for rhythm tones. I'm not sure how useful a bass cut would be, though.
May 14th, 2012, 04:07 PM
May 14th, 2012, 04:24 PM
Have you considered a ready made toneshaper control panel? It's transformed my esquire, you get a pre wired 4 way switch and a bank of caps, all changeable by dip switch. You get the standard esquire wiring plus a choice of treble cut/Eldred/cocked Wah and any capacitor configuration you can think of to lighten or darken the tone.
May 15th, 2012, 10:28 AM
Phostenix for the win, as usual!
Is the ground wire from the tone pot to Vol pot redundant, though? Wouldn't the ground be connected via the cap?
May 15th, 2012, 10:32 AM
You may want to experiment with some different cap values for the fixed cap position. 4.7 nf is still a pretty significant mid shift. I like 2 nf or you could try 1 nf for something even milder.