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  • Two humbuckers and a standard 5 way?

    What is the best wiring you can do with this?

  • #2
    if you get a super switch, there are tons of options. depends on what you want to get out of it. prs ran a 5 way rotory switch forever with two buckers

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    • #3
      What he said. But if you're stuck with a standard 5-way, this is a good one:

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      • #4
        What does each position give you?

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        • #5
          They "used" to indicate what each position was on the diagrams and then changed them and that info is gone. It would be nice to add that back. I know I've brought that up before. And the script font can be a PITA to read sometimes. It's wiring diagram, not a NY Times Best-Selling Novel! Sheesh....LOL

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          • #6
            If you call "all the way back" as position #1, then:

            1. B
            2. N/B
            3. N
            4. N stud coil in parallel with B screw coil
            5. B screw coil

            Originally posted by ErikH View Post
            They "used" to indicate what each position was on the diagrams and then changed them and that info is gone. It would be nice to add that back. I know I've brought that up before. And the script font can be a PITA to read sometimes. It's wiring diagram, not a NY Times Best-Selling Novel! Sheesh....LOL
            Yeah. I had to hold a 5-way in my hand, and go through all the positions several times to make sure I got it right. I'm 99% sure.

            And to reinforce what Jeremy said, with a Superswitch, you can have anything, in any position.
            Last edited by ArtieToo; 08-14-2020, 06:19 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post
              If you call "all the way back" as position #1, then:

              1. B
              2. N/B
              3. N
              4. N stud coil in parallel with B screw coil
              5. B screw coil
              Ah, I see. Those are what I would want but they aren't in the most intuitive order.

              Is there a way to make it with B and N at 1 and 5?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Top-L View Post

                Ah, I see. Those are what I would want but they aren't in the most intuitive order.

                Is there a way to make it with B and N at 1 and 5?
                Unfortunately, no. A 5-way, is just a 3-way, with two extra "click" positions. No extra actual terminals.

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                • #9
                  I don't think there is. A regular 5 way is pretty limited.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                    I don't think there is. A regular 5 way is pretty limited.
                    Still, its nice to know that it can be done. I may wire it that way because its what I have. I have a standard 5way and a standard 3way.

                    I do also have a VLX91 that may be defective. I put a big X on the side of it from a wiring project 10 years ago. I will have to trace the contact to see if it works, but I'm guessing its broken.

                    That said, is it possible to wire a 3 way with something other than B/N in the middle? The 3way has the same terminals as the 5, but only 3 positions.
                    Last edited by Top-L; 08-14-2020, 06:28 AM.

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                    • #11
                      On the other hand, a 3-way, with a push-pull, will give the same functionality, while remaining intuitive. Although, I'll admit, I generally don't care for that knob sticking up while I'm playing.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post
                        On the other hand, a 3-way, with a push-pull, will give the same functionality, while remaining intuitive. Although, I'll admit, I generally don't care for that knob sticking up while I'm playing.
                        The audience won't be able to see it.

                        (Although seriously, what I dislike about a pp is that it make an audible click that cna resonate through the guitar. Audience could hear that.)

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                        • #13
                          Artie’s is the best available.

                          Get a SuperSwitch, then you can do anything you want. I’ve mentally worked out that my own ideal 5 way is:

                          Bridge
                          Bridge Split/Neck Split
                          Bridge/Neck
                          Neck Split
                          Neck

                          It feels very similar to a standard 3 way with notch positions being like a Strat, brighter and quackier.
                          Oh no.....


                          Oh Yeah!

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                          • #14
                            (You are too kind.)

                            I have my JB/Jazz Tele-Gib done:

                            Neck
                            Slutbucker (parallel, for Strat quack)
                            Slutbucker (normal series)
                            Bridge (parallel, for Tele-ish spank)
                            Bridge

                            (Slutbucker = Bridge stud coil with neck screw coil.)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post
                              (You are too kind.)

                              I have my JB/Jazz Tele-Gib done:

                              Neck
                              Slutbucker (parallel, for Strat quack)
                              Slutbucker (normal series)
                              Bridge (parallel, for Tele-ish spank)
                              Bridge
                              That is what I want to try. Do you have the superswith schematic for it?

                              If my VLX91 works (ibanez superswitch) I will translate it to your diagram.

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