By Emely Greenfield. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 03:07:13 AM.
Guitar Wiring 102, now we’ve got the basics down, let’s have a look at some simple modifiers to the circuit. This article first shows you how to add a "killswitch" to the guitar, then uses the lessons learned from that process to change that killswitch to a volume control instead. Finally, we’ll find out how capacitors are used in guitar circuits and install our first tone control.
As mentioned earlier, the cable going from your floor pedals to your amp can be about 10 to 15 feet. A really good brand for this cable is Mogami. You can use Mogami for your guitar cable as well. Another good brand is Monster Cable. The cables that connect your effects loop box can probably be about 3 feet each, and you can simply put the effects rack unit on top of your amp head. You may be lucky to have a floor pedal extension box. Try to see if this floor box passes signal, or if it is merely a controller to send instructions to the master box. If it's a controller, that's good news. In this case you can have a long cable run from the controller to the effects rack unit, and it won't degrade your actual guitar signal. It's only sending instructions to change program numbers, turn effects on and off, etc.
Yet another thing to consider is mixing and matching different speakers in a multi-speaker amplifier. For example, if you have a Super Reverb or Bassman, which has 4 x 10" speakers, you can put two bright sounding Jensens on top (like Weber 10A100's or Jensen P10r's); and then try to balance the sound with two bassier sounding speakers on the bottom (like Weber10A150's or Jensen P10n's). Another popular set up is to have a Celestion G12M on one side and a G12H on the other side of a Marshall Bluesbreaker 2 x 12 amp.
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.
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