12 terminal 3 way switch

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  1. Kennydorman45

    Kennydorman45 TDPRI Member

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    image.jpg image.jpg Hello,I was wondering if anyone has ever dealt with a 3 way lever switch with 12 terminals,I have one and was wondering how to wire it for an esquire,parallel,series and coil split.Any help would be great,I’ve only been able to find where to purchase but no wiring diagrams for it.
     
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    If the other deck is the same as that, look for "4P3T" = 4 poles, three throws.
     
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    because it has 3 throws, you can pick 3 combinations.... so you want series and parallel, that leaves one pickup alone. what configuration do you want. and what does the contacts look like on the other side? same as the side we see?
     
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    hi,
    if you have a standard single pup esquire none of those options are available unless you put in a t size humbucker.e.g. Seymour Duncan little '59
    and their website has wiring diagrams for pretty much anything you can think of.
    cheers rich
     
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    You can always use a meter to figure out an unfamiliar switch.

    But the good thing about O-G type switches is they're open frame, and you can see the wipers.

    This switch is a 4P3T. Each side of the wafer has two poles. And note, there are EIGHT lugs on each side, not six. The other two are the commons, down at the ends, separated from the 6. Look at the wiper, see how the common always touches the metal, and each of the lugs only touches when the switch rotates to that position.

    But unlike a regular three-way, this one has TWO commons per wafer side, and two raised wiper tabs. One makes contact with three lugs, the other with the other three. Same on the other side.

    It's an interesting switch, like a S-1 that has a third position. But I'm not sure what you'll do with it (or at least with ALL of it) as a main Tele switch. Now, if you wired it in conjunction with another toggle or push-pull (DPDT) that changed the function of the three-way, then you could alternately activate two poles, vs the other two poles... That might be cool...
     
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    Where, please?


    What circuit do you want? Do you have one single coil pickup? Two? One four-wire humbucker?
     
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    It came from amazon,I’m using a 4 conductor humbucker,want to do an esquire style wiring,parallel/series/coil split,I know how to do it with a standard 3 way lever, it no clue how with this switch.
     
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    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

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    A standard 3-way is a DP3T, this is a 4P3T — in essence two standard switches side by side. If you know what to do with a DP3T then just ignore the extra set of terminals and work with the terminals on one side only.
     
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    Or think of it as a 3-way super switch.
     
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    Here's one way to do it.


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    Thanx,I’ve never used a super 3 way so I was kinda lost.
     
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