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4-way switching and grounding issues

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Gearjunkie1952, May 19, 2017 at 11:44 AM.

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  1. Hi everyone, having some trouble on a rewire and looking for some advice. I've got a Fender humbucker in the neck (1 output wire and shield) and a Tele single in the bridge going into a stacked, 2 part volume knob (One section of the pot for each pickup), then on to a 4-way switch, to the tone knob, a tone control bypass switch, and then to output.

    I was getting awful ground noise in the positions with the humbucker until I remembered to ground the casing for the pickup. Solved all the noise, but now my bridge pickup is grounded out in positions 1 and 4 (bridge alone and both in series). I suspect the problem is in having the individual volume controls prior to the switch.

    Is it possible to have both the working 4-way and the individual volume controls? Any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    a 2 lead, Ground and hot, pickup, as in your humbucker, isn't gonna work..correctly . . the two leads from the coils must be separated from the ground to the pickup case, a pretty advanced mod for the home DIYer... and a really good way to ruin a humbucker pickup.

    If you can, replace the HB with a 5 lead unit.. the ground is already separated from the coil leads.. however... a 4 way is not necessary with a Humbucker... not gonna get ya much except a drop in volume... in that 4th position. Of course, there will be differing opinions...

    the 4 way works great with traditional single coils because the 4th position usually couples the two pickups the same way a Humbucker's two coils are connected inside the pickup, the resulting sound is very humbuckerish.... bawlzy . . robust... probably my favorite Tele sound...

    rk
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2017 at 4:29 PM
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