Brainstorming some Strat wiring


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May 21, 2006
I have an American Deluxe Strat with an S-1 switch. Disengaged, it's typical Strat switching (also I modded mine to have a master bass but control and a master no-load treble cut). Engaged, there are various series-wired selections. However, the only ones of these I really enjoy and use are positions 2 and 4, which are the neck (or bridge) in series with the middle, and that combination is in parallel with a capacitor. It makes for a humbucker-ish tone that is clearer and more usable to me than the simpler adjacent-pickups-in-series position.

Lately the volume pot that also functions as the S-1 switch has been giving me some trouble. If I wind up having to replace it, I may just go with a different wiring scheme that gives me everything I want and nothing I don't.

I remember a series of Strats (apparently simply called Fender Deluxe Strats) that had a button between the two tone knobs, which let players get the neck and bridge together, or all three pickups at once. I'm wondering whether something like that (be it push-push, mini toggle, whatever) could be used to create a wiring scheme where, with the switch disengaged, I get the 5 typical Strat selections, and with the switch engaged, makes positions 2 and 4 the relevant pickups in series, and that in parallel with the capacitor. The other three (single pickup) positions would work as normal.

Is this something that could be achieved (the only complication, if it is that, would seem to be the addition of the capacitor). Also, any reason I wouldn't be able to do this with the Strat's stock SCN pickups?


Poster Extraordinaire
May 17, 2003
Great Pacific NW

Heck out the various offerings Deaf=Eddie offers for tele and strat. I've used several of his creations and in my humble opinion Eddie offers terrific, easy to install wiring deals that will flip your lid.


Nov 27, 2009
gainesville, ga
I have the Chromacaster in a Peavey Predator (Strat Copy) and love it. If you have a cheap Squier, try it in that and see what you think. Very inexpensive for the great sounds it makes.
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Friend of Leo's
Feb 2, 2017
corner of walk and don't walk
Have you checked out the Free-way switches?

I've used their toggle switches on HH guitars, and I recently picked up a 5B5-01 blade switch to use on a new Strat build

Here is a link to some Strat-type wiring diagrams using the 5B5-01

The switches are on the expensive side (I paid $43 bucks! for mine), but you can wire for any Strat pickup combination you can imagine - single pickup - any combination of two pickups - or all three pickups combined in series or parallel -

It looks like a 5 position switch, but it has two separate banks, sort of like a high and low range gear shift

Installed, it looks like a regular 3 or 5 position blade switch

Well-made with nice solid construction too



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