Wiring pickups and pots in series

Discussion in 'rec.music.guitar' started by Liam Edgeley, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. Liam Edgeley

    Liam Edgeley Guest

    I'm planning on re-wiring my cheap strat copy (three single coils,
    parallel wiring, the usual) to make it a bit more interesting.

    I'd like to wire the pickups together in series (easy enough, I hear
    you say). However, as I rarely (if ever) use the tone controls on my
    guitar, I was thinking about modifying the controls on my guitar so I
    have three volume pots (one affecting each pickup) rather than the
    current two tone controls and a master volume.

    Is it possible to do this in a passive circuit? Will the volume pots
    have to be in series or parallel with each pickup? (I'm thinking
    parallel, as if they're in series they'll each act as a master
    volume).

    Any help will be very much appreciated.

    Liam
  2. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob Guest

    "Liam Edgeley" <google@edgeley.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:64e46326.0308260526.790e3750@posting.google.com...
    > Is it possible to do this in a passive circuit? Will the volume pots
    > have to be in series or parallel with each pickup? (I'm thinking
    > parallel, as if they're in series they'll each act as a master
    > volume).


    yes but you'll have to wire it so the pickup goes to the armature, not the
    output to the armature. And warn anyone who buys it that you re-wired
    things. I suggest not completely removing the capacitors on the tone
    controls but just 'lift the lead' on the armature and tape it so it doesn't
    short. That way you can put it back if you ever want to sell it. Not like
    anyone ever trades up or gets broke.

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