By Cynthia Tobias. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 14:40:24 PM.
Guitar Wiring Explored – Switches Part 2. In this article we look at a new kind of toggle switch – the "onoffon" switch. Having understood that, we look at how we can use this switch to split a humbucker to either coil, or use it as a regular humbucker, all on the same switch.
Guitar Wiring Explored – Switches Part 3. Here, we look at the third and final kind of mini-toggle switch, the "ononon" switch. After showing how the connections are made within the switch, and seeing the two types that can be found, we look at two uses for the switch: firstly to create a seriessplitparallel switch for a humbucker, and secondly to use the switch as a three-way pickup selector.
I used a 5-way switch and I wanted this: Bridge Humbucker, Bridge Humbucker (split) with middle, Neck (split) & Bridge Humbucker (split), Neck (split) & Middle, Neck. Schaller Megaswitches in different configurations. The big wrench in the works was that I wanted all positions to be humbucking. This can be accomplished with a Super Switch, but I had an idea. Reading more about available switches, I decided on the Schaller MegaSwitch Model E instead. This switch eliminates the center pickup being on all alone (which I never used, anyway), and instead allows the neck and the bridge together in position three, a much more useful combination to me.
Because the strings of a guitar are close together, and the pickups use magnetic vibrations, there is a natural tendency for these magnetic pickups to detect and pickup electromagnetic signals from other nearby sources - anything from nearby microphones, to other electric equipment in the area - even lighting. This extra noise is generally not overly distracting, but does tend to create a kind of background hum. Single coil pickups tend to create the most amount of background hum, and the fact that most electric guitars tend to be incorrectly shielded against any interference of this kind, this can be quite unwanted.
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