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  • Yet another HSH Super Strat wiring question (with diagram)

    I'm a new poster but I've really enjoyed learning from this incredible forum over the last few weeks!

    I'm scheming up an HSH Super Strat to use mostly for home recording. My goal is to build a versatile guitar that still has the ability to sound like a Strat, no matter how many switches you have to flip. I'm particularly interested in experimenting with out of phase configurations.

    I have ordered a new Player Strat Floyd Rose HSS to use as the base. I'll replace the pickguard and everything on/in it with:
    • SD P-Rails set with Triple Shots in bridge and neck
    • SD Duckbucker (wired in parallel) in mid
    • A no-load blend pot with push-pull neck phase reverse
    • A push-push blower/passing lane control on the tone pot
    • A kill switch on the volume pot
    • A standard Fender 5-way switch:
    1. bridge TS + neck blend
    2. bridge TS + mid + neck blend
    3. mid
    4. neck TS + mid + bridge blend
    5. neck TS + bridge blend
    • How does this diagram look, particularly with regard to the Duckbucker wiring?
    • Should I get a RWRP Duckbucker? Does that even make sense for a single coil sized humbucker wired in parallel?
    • I'm interested in how the Duckbucker will interact with the rail and/or P-90 in the neck (position 4). Do I have the polarity wired up in the best way possible for this combo?
    • Would a different middle pickup sound better with the P-Rails?
    • Is it worth adding a resistor to the middle pickup circuit to better balance with the P-Rails?
    • Any other ideas? I'm open to anything.
    HSH Super Strat v. 0.2


























    Thanks!







    Last edited by UncleJ; 09-22-2020, 07:51 AM.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Regarding your plan for how to wire the Killswitch, you'll end up with audible noise if you simply disconnect the hot signal coming from the jack like that, leaving it live and open. Instead, you need to route it to ground. See the pic below which is a seymour duncan diagram for how to wire a killswitch.

    Also, I see that the Common lug on the side of your five way pickup selector switch that has the hot wires from the 3 pickups, is not wired to anything. You need to route that common lug to something that leads to the Hot signal from the jack. Otherwise you will have silence since the pickups are not connected to the rest of the circuit. A common example is to wire that lug to the other common lug on the other side of the switch - where that other common lug is connected to the volume pot and then utlimately the Hot signal from the jack. See 2nd pic below of a seymour duncan diagram for 3 singlecoil pups that has a 5 way switch wired like i described. It may be hard to pick out because the color chosen is a dull gray, but there is a gray wire in that diagram that connects the two commons.

    I'm not familiar with how blender pots are wired so i cannot comment on that.

    You also asked about how the duckbucker wired in parallel would interact with the two P-Rails. Well, if being free of 60 cycle hum is something you want to try and achieve wherever possible, you want ro avoid scenarios where an uneven number of coils are active, since that results in 60 cycle hum. Particularly, you might want to consider auto-splitting the Duckbucker in Positions 2 and 4 so there are only 2 coils active (ignoring for now the optional Neck and Bridge blends) when the duckbucker is connected to the Prail (assuming the main goal is to have the Rail coil active here) and therefore the potential for hum-canceling is on the table. However, you would need to upgrade to a 5 way superswitch in order to auto-split the duckbucker in those 2 positions and have the duckbucker connected in parallel in position 3.

    Last edited by Jack_TriPpEr; 09-22-2020, 09:29 PM.
    Originally posted by GuitarDoc
    Good diagram Shadowfire90, but it isn't what the OP wants.
    Originally posted by Sanford
    The hardest part about tone chasing is losing the expectations associated with the hardware.
    Originally posted by blueman335
    I've been slammed here a few times myself for not going with the crowd. I'd rather go in a different direction, and know why, then follow everyone else and not know why.

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    • #3
      Thank you! Your review of my scheme is very much appreciated. Back to the drawing board!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by UncleJ View Post
        Thank you! Your review of my scheme is very much appreciated. Back to the drawing board!
        UncleJ,

        You're welcome. It's a very complicated scheme you are attempring, and you actually did a very good job, from the perspective of how many connections you got right. The number that need tweaking is just a minority in comparison.

        Let me know if I can be of further help.
        Originally posted by GuitarDoc
        Good diagram Shadowfire90, but it isn't what the OP wants.
        Originally posted by Sanford
        The hardest part about tone chasing is losing the expectations associated with the hardware.
        Originally posted by blueman335
        I've been slammed here a few times myself for not going with the crowd. I'd rather go in a different direction, and know why, then follow everyone else and not know why.

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