I realize wiring a 3 way switch should be easy but....

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  1. wanderingscot

    wanderingscot Tele-Meister

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    I'm stuck again!
    Seems my old 3 way that I was going to use looks backwards(top lugs shifted left vs right)from the wiring diagram I'm trying to use. (Seems every diagram I see has the lugs shifted the other way.)

    Question 1.... Can I use this switch to follow this diagram?

    Question 2....Is my switch upside down? In the pics the switch is in bridge position.

    I know it should be easy, but I'm confused!

    Here's some pics from both sides and the wiring diagram I was hoping to follow.

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  2. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    the diagram is correct and should work fine , for your own edification ( before you solder ) take out the switch and look at how the traces contact when you move the switch,it will give you a clearer picture of what you are trying to accomplish,
    if you are confused reverse the switch to match the diagram

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  3. rolloman

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    Yeah the look of it shifted is not a problem.
     
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    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Reversing the switch won't help. Both are symmetrical, and not the same. As recommended, look at the action of the switch, or use a meter, to find the one that connects to each of the others on each side. In my experience, these switches are often drawn wrong, but generally correct. Meaning, the commons are in the right locations. So, you're probably good, but an eyeball check can confirm.
     
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    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Regarding upside down, place your switch tip in bridge position. Watch the wiper rotate on the central axis, to the other side of the switch, lugs nearest the headstock.
     
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    It doesn't matter if the furthest forward tab is on the left or the right. Just as long as you number the tabs the same and connect the wires to the correct numbered tab.

    Unfortunately the switches that are reversed from the drawings or online pictures won't look exactly the same but they will work exactly the same.

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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I said that so he ( the op ) would have the same perspective , then I reversed the photo and it is the same as the diagram , so the op should have no issue to wire according to the schematic.
    just amatter of perspective!
     
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    wanderingscot Tele-Meister

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    Thanks everybody. I really appreciate it!
     
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    One more question. I've also got an old seymour duncan STK-T3b Vintage Stack bridge pu. A stacked hum bucker. Could I use this instead of the Fender MIJ 62 reissue I was going to put in the bridge?
     
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    It should fit, and it is actually a great choice- very quiet, too!
     
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    I had this same confusing situation just last night. Even though the symmetry was off, I went ahead and soldered keeping the sides the same matching the pots in the diagram. It worked perfectly. Don’t sweat it.
     
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