Strat with Super Switch and Push/Pull - 9 Sound Strat

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Strat with Super Switch and Push/Pull - 9 Sound Strat

Postby trjones1 » 28 Mar 2013, 03:26

I posted a chromacaster workalike using a six position rotary switch on here a couple years ago which I installed in a couple of my guitars. I never really got used to it. I could never remember the different settings and only really used a few of them anyway. I decided to simplify things by just having a push/pull with the pickup selector to get the series and parallel sounds I wanted. I couldn't find a schematic for what I wanted out there, so I put this together. It uses a Super Switch and push/pull. You get the normal Strat sounds with the pot down, and get four new sounds with the pot up. I haven't actually installed it yet, so if you see any problems please let me know. Should work though.

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Re: Strat with Super Switch and Push/Pull - 9 Sound Strat

Postby GuitarlCarl » 28 Mar 2013, 03:35

Looks good to me.... :blackeye
I want it to sound like bees buzzing around in a 55 gallon drum...
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Re: Strat with Super Switch and Push/Pull - 9 Sound Strat

Postby phatt » 28 Mar 2013, 14:02

I have stock setup, except for one tiny switch which gives me series in bridge position.
That effectively gives me 6 positions to cover humbucker type sounds without the stuffing around trying to find a wizz bang HB that matches my SC's.
Guarantees the pups are well matched and the guitar looks stock.
Any more I'd get confused. :block:
Ed; Oh forgot to add,,,, I hate those push pull switches on control knobs they are to clumsy for fast changes. :evil: :blackeye
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Re: Strat with Super Switch and Push/Pull - 9 Sound Strat

Postby trjones1 » 18 Apr 2013, 05:05

I installed the switching from my first post in my Strat and it works as designed. One of the problems I have with that setup is that only one of the positions is hum-canceling, and I wanted to see if I could up that number.

This is my new design. It has two hum-canceling positions and each position gives you a different sound compared to a stock Strat. I'm going to install this next time I open up my guitar and try it out.

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This one's a little more complicated and doesn't make as much sense to me intuitively, but I've looked over it a bunch and I think it should work. As always, comments and corrections are welcome.
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Re: Strat with Super Switch and Push/Pull - 9 Sound Strat

Postby trjones1 » 01 Jul 2013, 04:34

I finally got around to installing this second version and it's works great. The middle position tone is especially nice. The bridge and middle in series gives a really nice humbucker-ish tone, but the neck and middle in series is way too muddy to use. My next move may be to change position 4 to make it neck+middle in series, parallel with the bridge. All you have to do is connect the unused tab in the Bridge + section to the green wire. This should help with the mud and if it sounds anywhere as nice as the middle position, I think I'll be happy and can stop tweaking.
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Re: Strat with Super Switch and Push/Pull - 9 Sound Strat

Postby phatt » 03 Jul 2013, 11:37

Ha guitar players are never satisfied,, :lol:

Here is all I did,, Mounted a small toggle switch between Volume and 5 way.
FWIW,, If you have guitar switching too far from obvious then it makes life so much harder to remember the combinations if you have many guitars. :shock:
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Re: Strat with Super Switch and Push/Pull - 9 Sound Strat

Postby trjones1 » 12 Jul 2013, 01:35

Aww, why go simple when you can be so much harder on yourself?
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