Need small/micro solderless connectors for frequent pickup swaps

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

  1. 5595bassman

    5595bassman Tele-Holic

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    I also use the same type as does spellcaster (Post No 27) for swapping Strat's entire loaded pickguards easily for testing, modding or upgrading. I have two Strats already equiped with these.

    The corresponding part connects to what does not need to be remove anymore from the body. I.E the Output jack's two wires and a ground point that takes care of the Bridge/Tremolo claws and the cavity shield.

    Those pair of connectors came from an RC/Robotic parts supplier but I do not remember which.

    What telecentric shows on Post No 25 seems to be the same and even having a 4 wire model which was not available when I searched 10 years ago.

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  2. variantboy

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    Now these look VERY promising.. i might just order some of them. Thank you!
     
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    I think those spellcaster and I used ( Post No 41 ) are flatter ( not much bigger than the wires thickness ) and less bulky for usage in Tele cavities.

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  4. Jay Jernigan

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    You may not want to hear this but GFS has a proprietary Kwik Plug system that is mounted on the bottom of the pickup. I acquired one, inadvertently, and it looks like a decent approach.
    It's only one pickup on one guitar and as such may never come into play, but it's an interesting idea.
    They sell the harnesses separately, probably won't be a cheap conversion, might not fit your guitar.
     
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    Playing devil's advocate here, but won't it be very difficult to get the connectors through the holes in the wood of the guitar ????
    Sometimes it's a nightmare just getting the plain wires through...
     
  6. variantboy

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    this is precisely why i went with the connectors i found (linked above).

    No mods needed to be made to the pickup wires.. no need to crimp a metal connector thingamabob to the end of them... and then a plastic housing, etc.. .

    The plastic connector simply connects the switch/pot connections to the pickups in 2 seconds.. on the control cavity side of things.. and can be reversed with just an "unclick". no need even to solder....

    ..and it's a reliable enough connection (in my opinion/estimation) to endure even the most townshend-esque acrobatics - none of which i ever do. that said.. it's good to know i could if i wanted :).
     
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    I use Terminal Blocks. No Crimping required with the small flat head screws. Very quick and cheap!
     
  8. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I just bought this used Peavey hollow body, and it contains what looks like a PC fan connector. I guess the previous owner did something with the pickup wiring, and chose to use this kind of connector. Unless it's original but I doubt it.
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