This is a Korean made copy of the Ernie Ball/Music Man Axis (formerly known as the Eddie Van Halen signature model).
Nothing dramatic. I swapped out the standard Les Paul type pickup selector switch for one I found at Radio Shack that more resembled the style in the higher end Ernie Ball/Music Man models. The original switch was the standard Les Paul type. Of course, other than mini-toggles (see example on the components page), it's almost impossible to find a 3-way "on-on-on" switch, so the new switch only selects one pickup at a time. However, --and you just knew I would do this-- I swapped the volume pot out for a push-pull that lets me turn on the bridge pickup so that, when the neck is selected with the switch, I now have both pickups.
Modification: pickup add in switch
Control: Push-pull pot
(future) Modification: New pickups
I would have preferred to use the push-pull pot mentioned above for coil taps, but the cheap pickups this guitar came with only have two leads. It's possible to modify pickups, but I plan to replace them outright at some point in the future. Any suggestions? I'm thinking of Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates at the moment.
(future) Modification: Rotary switch
With new pickups I would like have the options of one pickup, the other, both, series, parallel, coil taps, etc. On a guitar with one, just one knob and one switch, that will be kind of difficult. However, a rotary switch will allow many of these combinations. This will take the place of the volume knob, but will also free up the pickup selector switch for a dead switch or some other purpose. It's only a SPDT (not a DPDT), so I can't use it for a lot of things like ser/par or phase switching.
#1) Schaller locking tuners with pearloid keys. I also replaced the original standard metal tuners with Schaller locking tuners from Warmoth (best price!) and replaced the heads of the tuners with pearloid plastic ones from Stewart-MacDonald (over-priced!). Incidentally, that's the only place that carries the pearloids that I could find, and they only work on Schaller brand tuners.
This is undoubtedly the simplest guitar (electronically speaking) in my arsenal, but here's the schematic to do the switching mod.
This configuration consists of only a volume knob with a two-way switch (one pickup at a time) with the push-pull switch adding in the bridge pickup when the neck is selected (i.e., now you get them both).
Different pickups will have different color codes for the wires. In this diagram, the gray wires go to ground. Other colors were chosen arbitrarily.
Wherever you see a ground symbol next to a potentiometer, the wire should be grounded to the metal on the back of the pot. After that, all of the grounds should all go to one point to avoid ground loops. See the "All About Grounding" page to learn more.
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