4-way rotary switch

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  1. domdec314

    domdec314 TDPRI Member

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    I'm doing a custom wiring job on a guitar and I want to use a 4-way rotary switch (http://www.allparts.com/store/4-pos-rotary-switch,Product.asp) instead of a lever switch. I've never used a rotary switch so I'm not completely sure how to wire it. Based off of this diagram (http://deaf-eddie.net/tdpri-drawings/4-ways.jpg , the option on the right) I came up with this:
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    I'm using only the bottom of the switch which is all I believe I need to use. Would this work? I'm not much of an electrician so I wouldn't be surprised if it's completely wrong.
     
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    Can anybody verify if this diagram would work?
     
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    I can't see your diagram - photobucket is blocked for me. Send me the diagram in a PM and I will confirm or correct it for you.
     
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    Here's the diagram uploaded to this site for those that can't see the other one:
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  5. Deaf Eddie

    Deaf Eddie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    And, it looks good to me.

    Don't forget to unground/reground the neck pup's metal cover, if it has one.
     
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    Thanks a lot. I just got the switch in yesterday, wired it up, and it it works perfectly.
     
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    Hi,

    this is my first post here. Sorry to bump this topic up, but I would like to know something about that switch. The site of allparts says it's a 4 pole switch, but I see only 2 wafers. Would it be possible to switch with this rotary, 2 humbuckers at the same time for left coil/right coil/series/parallel?
     
  8. Deaf Eddie

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    Yup

    Yes, that could be done. The switch is a stacked two-wafer switch, and each wafer has two poles. SO, you could do one pup on the top wafer, and one on the bottom; or, if it made better sense to you, you could do one pup on the two poles that are above and below each other on one semi-circular half of the switch, and the other pup on the above-and-below poles on the other side of the circle... Man, that's tough to put into words!
     
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    oh, thats lovely! I've got a wiring in mind I bet you will love (yes, your reputation as wiring-guru precedes you, even to the European mainland!).

    3 motherbuckers by Kent Armstrong (i.e.: 3x 2 hotrails next to eachother)
    each in 1 triple shot (left rail, right rail, both in series, both parallel)
    each rail connected to the 4 way rotary for simultanious splits (outer coil, inner coil, series, parallel, for each hotrail itself!).

    Though the middle won't get a 4 way rotary, that will go to 2 push push pots,with this wiring, where the pots will act as master volume/tone.

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/schematics.php?schematic=2_prails_2v_2t_tspp

    ofcourse, there I'll only use the toggle-parts from the pots ;)

    I hope you understand what I mean? :oops:

    first the wires of the motherbuckers (4 for each hotrail, so 8 for each Motherbucker) will go to the rotary. there, from each wafer, I get 2 wires: earth and hot, those go to the triple shot ring (in fact just 2 dpdt switches in a humbucker ring), and that will finally be wired to the pickup selector :twisted:

    what do you think of this?
     
  10. Deaf Eddie

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    Well, it certainly seems like it will WORK...

    It would probably be interesting in the bedroom, garage, or the studio, but I'd hate it when I to have to switch between two different tones, on stage, in the middle of a song, in half a bar between the vocal chorus and the guitar solo... :eek:

    Let us know how it turns out.
     
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    haha, I don't use it like that on stage. I use it as presets so to say :) for example, to get a totally strat-sound out of that guitar. if I need a bit more beef, I'll just pump up the volume of the amp, or the gain, ofcourse.
     
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    Hi there.
    i want to install the rotary switch for my 4 way pickup on my tele style guitar too.i am a complete beginner in wiring and stuff. can u please briefly explain to me about the wiring procedure you did.what does input lug and hot lead mean? thanks a lot for ur time and help.
     
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    Sorry for the zombie revival of this thread. Where can you find a 4 way 2 pole switch like this? Allparts no longer carries it.
    Thanks
     
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    PM me...
     
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