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jgest

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Complicated wiring Need for help
« on: February 17, 2015, 09:47:16 PM »
Hello all,

A friend of mine asked me to wire his guitar
He has 2 aftermaths and for the configuration he wants 2 tones and 1 volume
Until there no problem, but he also wants a kilssswitch and a solo switch (I think "blower" is the common name)

I did not really find lot of explanations on the web concerning this last switch and I don't really where to connect it (killswitch and blower), I think in last position, before the jack, but in which order ? ..

If somebody has any experience with that or just ideas, help his help would be welcome ;)

Thanks in avance !

megaup987

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Re: Complicated wiring Need for help
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2015, 04:33:24 AM »
Blower switch: http://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/the-tone-garage/guitar-wiring-explored-adding-a-blower-switch/
Kill switch: http://stinkfoot.se/archives/781 and http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/The_In_famous_Stratocaster_Kill_Switch_Part_II

Following the signal path, the blower switch should be before the kill switch. This way you bypass all the volume-tone control pots when you activate the blower switch but still can use the kill switch as intended.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2015, 04:36:48 AM by megaup987 »

jgest

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Re: Complicated wiring Need for help
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2015, 10:52:10 AM »
Thanks a lot for your answer !

Concerning blower switch, I had already seen this page but did not really succeed in projecting this to the configuration I'm working on (2 aftermaths, 1 vol, 2 tones, 3 way)

Is it only possible to bypass 1 micro or can I bypass both if I place my blower switch between the 3 way switch and the volume pot ?
(but in this case I won't bypass the tones ...) Am I correct ?

megaup987

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Re: Complicated wiring Need for help
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2015, 04:40:45 PM »
Well, I'm not entirely familiar with the blower switches, have never used them and the entire idea of it doesn't seem worth doing altogether. But it's just my personal opinion and it has nothing to do with your wiring question.

Now, from reading the Seymour blog it seems to me that the blower switch is a switch that connects one of the pickups directly to the output, bypassing everything else. If that's what you'd like to do then connect a humbucker (most likely the bridge) hot wire to the blower switch (blue wire x on the picture on the Seymour website) and then run it to the your 3 way switch as you normally would. Wire the 3 way switch, volume and tone pots the way you would without the blower. Now the output wire that you would normally connect to the output jack, run it to the blower switch. From there run it to the output jack. This way whatever settings you have (volume, tone, pickup selection) are unaffected when you activate the blower switch (which will be direct connection of your bridge pickup to the output) and you can switch back when you deactivate the blower. Yeah, and don't forget to jump the remaining 2 terminals on the swith.

Then add a kill switch if desired (connecting the tip and ring connectors of the output jack through the switch like in the premierguitar article. As this will effectively just connect the output to the ground you don't even need to use shielded wire).

If you put the blower switch between the 3 way switch and the volume pot, you bypass just the volume pot, but what's the point then?

Hope this helps.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2015, 04:48:57 PM by megaup987 »

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Re: Complicated wiring Need for help
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2015, 09:57:11 PM »
Yes it helps me a lot
Thanks for your time and advice !