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Import 5 way switch question

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Voicing 13, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Voicing 13

    Voicing 13 Tele-Meister

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    Good morning,

    I've been trying to wire a dummy coil on a student's guitar and having several issues. One of them is am unsure how the 5 way import switch works (All the contact are in one row).

    This is how the switch was originally wired:

    3 (neck PU)
    2 (Middle PU)
    1 (Bridge PU)
    A (wire to the volume pot)
    A
    3
    2 (Black wire to ground)
    1

    Does any one know why the "black wire" on 2 goes to ground and why are the commons not connected?

    If you have any experience with this type of switch I'd appreciate help.

    Thanks
     
  2. fraser

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    i just dummy coiled a strat the other week with a switch like that-
    damned if i can recall the exact particulars.
    those middle common connectors needed to be joined.
    i dont recall a ground wire coming from the other 3 lugs at all-
    you should have the 1st three lugs for the hot wires of your pickups,
    the two commons joined, and the one dummy coil wire attached there,
    last three lugs left empty.
    however, i didnt use the spst switch or the blend pot-

    compare this to robs dummy coil wiring schem.

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    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    If you are certain about that being the order of the terminals then the black wire to ground is doing precisely nothing.

    Was this formerly a HSS strat?
     
  5. Voicing 13

    Voicing 13 Tele-Meister

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    Fraser thank you for the great chart and I'm certain it's not a megaswitch. It's in a squier mini and the student is the original owner. The wiring you did on your strat, is what I assumed it should be but the mini strat that I am working is wired differently. I think, I'll just re-wire everything. I've been working on this baby for way too long.


    Waparker4 Thanks for establishing that for me. It just seems that, that wire should not be there at all, the only reason I thought it may be there at first was the lack of connection between the two common contact.

    Thanks again, hopefully I'll figure it out tonight
     
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    If it were a HSS strat at one point, that ground wire would be used to tap the bridge pickup in the 2 position. Position 1 on that side of the switch would be the pickup middle pair of wires. That is the only thing I can think of.
     
  7. Tuxedo Poly

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    The mini Strat has 1 vol and 1 tone so there is no need for the switch commons to be linked.
    The import switch frames are often grounded so the random black wire could be a factory wiring error that did not cause a fault.
    This is the Strat mini schematic which may help
     

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  8. Voicing 13

    Voicing 13 Tele-Meister

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    Thanks for the diagram. I disconnected the black wire, connected the commons and I can now turn the dummy coil on and off. If I have the commons connected will that cause a problem?
     
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