Best mods based on configuration

I find that I always start out with the same ideas for guitars with the same combinations of pickups, and then I start deviating from that based on the style the guitar is geared for (i.e., metal vs. classic rock vs. jazz vs. rockabilly).  Here is what I would do in most guitars with these most-common pickup configurations.




Note that this page assumes that these mods would be accomplished via push-pull pots (and a 5-way switch in the case of automatic coil taps).  For the most part, the volume and tone controls are left functioning as stock.  I haven't added any toggle switches.


SSS = Strat (3 pots)
Combinations:
N
N+M
M
M+B
B
With the add-in switch:
N+B
N+M+B
With the series blender:
N+M(in series)
M+B(in series)
With the add-in-switch plus the series blender:
N+B in parallel combined in series with M
With the phase switch plus previous mods:
N+M (out-of-phase)
M (out-of-phase)
M+B (out-of-phase)
N+M+B (out-of-phase)
N+B in parallel combined in series with M (out-of-phase)
N+M(in series) (out-of-phase)
M+B(in series) (out-of-phase)
Total: 17 combinations


SSH = '80s Super Strat (2 pots)
Combinations:
N
N+M
M
M+B(t)
B
With the add-in switch:
N+B
N+M+B(t)
With the phase switch (and add-in):
N+M (out-of-phase)
M+B(t) (out-of-phase)
N+M+B(t) (out-of-phase)
Total: 10 combinations


HSH = '90s Super Strat (2 pots)
Combinations:
N
N(t)+M
M
M+B(t)
B
With the add-in switch:
N+B
N(t)+M+B(t)
With the phase switch (and add-in in the final case):
N(t)+M
M+B(t)
N(t)+M+B(t) (out-of-phase)
Total: 10 combinations


SS = Tele, Duo Jet, P-90 Les Paul (pots vary: 2, 3, or 4)
Combinations:
N
B
N+B
With the series/parallel switch:
N+B(in series)
With the phase switch (and series switch too in the last case):
N+B(in parallel) (out-of-phase)
N+B(in series) (out-of-phase)
Total: 6 combinations (and while it doesn't sound like a lot, it's literally every combination possible in this configuration!)

HH = Les Paul (4 pots)
Combinations:
N
N+B
B
With the series/parallel switches:
N(p)
B(p)
N(p)+B
N+B(p)
N(p)+B(p)
With the phase switch (and parallel switches)
N+B (out-of-phase)
N(p)+B (out-of-phase)
N+B(p) (out-of-phase)
N(p)+B(p) (out-of-phase)
Total: 12 combinations

HHH = LP Custom (4 pots)
Combinations:
N
M
B
With the add-in switch:
N+M
M+B
N+B
N+M+B
With the series/parallel switch:
N(p)
B(p)
With the series/parallel + add-in switches:
N(p)+M
M+B(p)
N(p)+B
N+B(p)
N(p)+B(p)
N(p)+M+B
N+M+B(p)
N(p)+M+B(p)
With the phase switch plus previous mods:
M+B (out-of-phase)
N+B (out-of-phase)
N+M+B (out-of-phase)
M+B(p) (out-of-phase)
N(p)+B (out-of-phase)
N+B(p) (out-of-phase)
N(p)+B(p) (out-of-phase)
N(p)+M+B (out-of-phase)
N+M+B(p) (out-of-phase)
N(p)+M+B(p) (out-of-phase)
Total: 27 combinations

Bonus: SH guitars
These aren't that common even now (you might have seen them briefly in the '80s), but here is my favorite approach with them.
Combinations:
N
N+M
M
M+B
B
With the series/parallel switch:
M+B(s)
With the phase switch:
M+B (out-of-phase)
With both switches:
M+B(s) (out-of-phase)
Total: 8 combinations

Tone Control Options
Additionally, there is no reason to stick with the stock tone controls.  Here are some options:


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