6p4t Plus Toggle...

mistermikev

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Did a recent re-wire of a 345 and really liked the way it turned out... decided to expand upon that with a re-wire of a 7 string I'm working on and thought I'd share since its about as unique as one could expect from simple wiring...
The scope:
1)I've always liked the prs "inside/outside" coils setup, but find the rotary to be a bit cumbersome in terms of quickly getting to a bridge or neck sound.
2)I've also never liked splitting with a les paul style setup cause it gives me hum cancel in the middle but a split humbucker single in the neck/bridge - and I just don't find those sounds all that useful.
I came up with an idea to combine a lp toggle with a 6 way rotary. This way, in pos 1/3/5 I get 3 variations on a standard les paul setup: series/series, parallel/parallel, and parallel/series. in 2/4/6 I get inside-coil/outside-coil variations on series/parallel. all positions are hum canceling.

Note my diagram skills need to improve... but you get the idea.
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also... how the heck to get media hosted here to show up in a post? nevermind
 

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(the switch in my diagram is a stew mac) I've seen them, and it's certainly a good option. The 7 string I'm doing is 'all black'... so with that in mind I opted for more distinct combos, more simple operation (ultimately), less expensive... in that order.
 

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don't like freeway switches - i used one on a build of mine a few years ago and I thought it was too fiddly plus not robust at all - not again
 

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I used a 6-way rotary in place of my toggle switch in a Les Paul guitar. It worked fine. The only downside is that it takes a little longer to select a new position and you probably can't do it consistently without having to look at the switch. The toggle is definitely easier to use.
 

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If you can live with 5 positions, I highly recommend the Schaller Megaswitch instead.

https://schaller.info/en/megaswitches-preamp-pickups/420/megaswitches?number=15310006&c=19
I am actually doing a strat right now with the fender version super switch(basically the same thing as a schaller mega - a 4p5t) AND a 4p3t. basically a 5 way with 3 modes... 1: normal strat, 2: 4 series positions and 1 parallel (1/3/5 using dummy coils) and 3: misc tele and 3 pickup combos. I just can never have enough options, but in the end I'll only use a few! don't want to rush my finish but can't wait to wire it up!
 
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