July 16th, 2012, 07:10 PM
Hello guys, wow first time i've logged on this forum since 2009! I'm shocked!
Anyway, I have a problem...we'll more of a confusion.
I've modded my mex 72 tele with a BKP humbucker and single pickup, still got the 2 vol and 2 tone knobs, but I'd really like to swap out my 3 way switch for a 5 way rotary switch. The Humbucker has 4 conductor wires coming from it for split coiling.
Here's a link to the switch i'm thinking about
I have spent hours searching the internet and can't find a wiring diagram for what i need, especially with 2 vol and 2 tone.
Help me Tdpi, your my only hope :cool:
Oh yeah here's a picture of the tele
July 17th, 2012, 01:40 AM
I'm about to do something similar: a humbucker in the bridge - which I'll split with a push-pull pot - and, then a sc in the neck. I have a 4-way rotary to do this and I'll use a diagram I got off the '51 modders forum. That's a hint that this will be. 1-vol and 1- rotary/no tone setup. I'm sure I'll have to do something for tone, though,
July 17th, 2012, 02:29 AM
i think a 4 way rotary with a push pull for splitting would be easier to wire and easier to use while playing.
July 17th, 2012, 06:00 AM
Cheers for the replies guys, I've been to the 51 modders forum and it got me thinking. Isn't a 5-way rotary switch with 4 poles the same (in theory) as Fender Super Switch?
If this is right, then maybe this wiring would be the ticket?
P.s Its really hard to find 4 way rotary switches in the UK, lots of 5 and 6 though.
July 17th, 2012, 01:57 PM
Isn't a 5-way rotary switch with 4 poles the same (in theory) as Fender Super Switch?
Yes, same switching potential, just a different form factor.
Rotary switches are actually pretty simple and not too tough once you get your head wrapped around how they work. In the case of the 5 way you linked, it is a 2 deck model that has 2 poles per deck / level.
One of the first things I do with one is to pin it out with a DVM / meter and identify and label the pins 1 through 5 with a ultra fine Sharpie for each section / pole. Why manufacturers don't label them for you is a mystery to me. In any event, once you get the grouping broke down, its just connecting the dots.
While not exactly the wiring your looking for, Guitar Electronics has several 5 way rotary diagrams that might help you get a better idea of how they can be setup. http://www.**********************/category/wiring_resources_guitar_wiring_diagrams.2_pickup_g uitar_wiring_diagrams/
July 17th, 2012, 03:18 PM
one note, from what i have noticed from the switches is that the pins stick out very far and very far down. it might make it a little tough to fit in the cavity but you can always bend the pins so they can fit.
July 18th, 2012, 07:24 AM
Cheers again Tom and Twiggymac, I think i'm gonna change it to a 1 vol and 1 tone, use the wiring form that link you posted tom, with a bit of a modding
Maybe use the two spare knobs for a boost or a Fet pre-amp.
--Infact, just ordered a couple of 500/250k dual concentric knobs. Gonna start writing out a diagram now..
July 18th, 2012, 12:37 PM
The only thing that's really confusing me now is How do I wire it to suit two vol and two tone knobs.
I'm used to making effects pedals (just distortions and fuzzes) but this feels completely different lol.
July 25th, 2012, 04:57 PM
Sorted the wiring out, started building now. The dual pots arrived and a on/on/on switch for series/coil tap/parallel