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Need small/micro solderless connectors for frequent pickup swaps

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by variantboy, Nov 16, 2020.

  1. variantboy

    variantboy Tele-Meister

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    Does anyone know of a VERY SMALL connector that allows you to NON-DESTRUCTIVELY connect two wires, and then easily (and non-destructively) UN-connect them without removing any length from each of the two wires?

    I have been looking for the right solution for this for years. And just can not figure out from online searches which is the best. Please help.

    I am continuously changing pickups.. and glopping solder on my switches and pots. I want to set up my switch and pots so I can make these swaps quickly and not have to always solder to the switch/pots.

    In essence - make a little "pigtail" from each of the following :

    1) bridge pickup hot terminal
    2) neck pickup hot terminal
    3) back of volume pot as ground

    So that each time I switch a set of pickups I need only undo the existing pickup wire connections to each of the three pigtails... then connect the new pickup set by using this connector I'm imagining to connect neck hot to (1), bridge hot to (2) and neck and bridge grounds to (3)

    I see lots of different options for these online but I can never tell from the pictures/info provided if they are small enough to fit in the control panel cavity, or if they require you to cut wire away to "un-do" them, or if they'll work with guitar wire, etc..

    Is anyone else doing this and might have a solution?

    Something like this maybe ? :

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/IDEAL-Spli...peTlrEVKfL19Y-dBAK8aAr9jEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds


    Problem is - I can't tell if this will fit in the tele control panel cavity.... And I can't tell if it will fit guitar-sized wire, or work with that type of conductor (these say they work only with copper wire).

    Is anyone doing this and has a product that they use ??


    Thanks in advance
     
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    What is the smallest wire nut available? Would that be too big? The grey ones go down to 22 ga.
     
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    The R/C (radio control) world is chock full of tiny 2 wire connectors.

    Search “JST connector”
     
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    I bought a bunch on Ebay from China, for nuttin'.. It only saves time on one end though really, and you better remember which wire is which in the connector. . The wires were pretty stiff on the ones I bought though.
     
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    Pololu.com is a small robotics supplier with a lot of connectors available, easier to navigate than the big suppliers. You probably want a locking type. After choosing a type, you can purchase a kit with the connector housings, crimp connectors and a crimp tool. Check DigiKey and Mouser as well. I'll be curious as to what works for you.
     
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    the ones that use/require a crimp tool look to be more permanent... meaning if I want to undo something that's been connected via a crimp - I may have to cut the wire to undo the connection... no ??

    am I not understanding that correctly?
     
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    I thought about wire nuts... they just seem to me, with a guitar moving as much as it might during playing to be a little more likely to come loose - so I'm thinking it's not what I want.

    I just want something that makes the wire connection, and seals it from being touched by other wires... that doesn't require me to cut the wires if I want to disconnect them. I've used electrical tape in the past... but then the wires are covered in "adhesive" afterward. that doesn't work.

    even the links provided above provide so many options with few or none giving dimensions to suggest if they will fit... and few suggesting whether they will be destructive or not... and few providing pictures that are easy for me to determine if they're what I need. d

    still researching..
     
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    JST. You can buy them in pairs with flying leads and solder them on with a heat-shrink cover if you don't want to add the plastic plugs/sockets direct to the ends.

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    RCA patch cables from old VCR/stereo systems

    Radio Control car wiring plugs (looks like those posted a couple notes above) off Amazon are inexpensive.

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    You could try twisting them together then tight shrink tubing over them. It is easier than electrical tape.
     
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    Just don't use these...

    The incomparably useless Lucas bullet connector. As used on British cars and motorcycles in the 60s and 70s. Guaranteed failure of ignition, lighting, heating and windscreen wiper circuits on dark, wet nights.

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    I use pcb terminal blocks in my wiring looms. £2 for 20.

    Blob of hot glue holds the block to back of pot, short run of solder between the contacts and the pot lugs.


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    Are you talking about actually taking them from old VCRs or just using that as a frame of reference? Haha
     
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    Hey now, I feel seen... unlike my MGB's headlights at night...
     
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    this seems like a good solution too.
     
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    Thanks, been doing it like this a couple of years . It's a breeze to swap in pickups and different caps.
     
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    I have the same kit (and one of the fully loaded control plates) and it works great. The little terminal connector is similar to the PCB one mentioned above
     
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