|This is a low-end (i.e.,
of the Steinberger GL. I picked it up on eBay shortly after the
reintroduced this line. They abandoned the EMG Select pickups
the majority of us thought were crap) and replaced them with their own
pickups with a silver "Steinberger" logo. Honestly, these weren't
all that much better.
Lace Sensors are among my
They have a futuristic look like I like in virtually any modern guitar,
and this is one that looks like it's right out of Star Trek.
they have no 60 Hz hum, even in single coils.
The most innovative thing about
wiring now is that I reconceptualized the pickup scheme.
it's a SSH guitar, but what if we ignore the middle pickup and instead
imagine the humbucker as two distinct pickups, not a single pickup with
Lace Sensor Blue - Neck
This is purported to sound something like a P-90, but I don't feel like
it has that kind of clarity. AGI-Lace's site says it sounds warm
like a humbucker, which I think is more accurate, but it wasn't what I
was looking for. I believe I'm going to replace this with a Lace
Hot Gold instead.
Lace Sensor Silver/Red - Bridge
although I treat this as electronically as a middle and bridge
See, the Silver is wired as a middle pickup. The two coils are
connected in series. In fact, the Red has a higher output in
to act as almost a humbucker already. This means I sort of have
bridge pickups: one for a thicker tone (e.g., for distorted rhythm
and another that is clean and clangy if I want to do something more
switch (more here)
Control: Under the
Function: These are great for
new and weird sounds. I wired this to reverse the phase on the
pickup. However, as my serendipitous carelessness would have it,
I accidentally wired the Silver and Red pickups out of phase. As
a result, the Blue was in phase with the Silver, but the Red and Silver
were out of phase with one another. This was actually very useful
since I rarely use the 4th position (i.e., Middle and Bridge), and so I
could get an out-of-phase sound just by flipping the pickup selector to
that combination and without ever having to touch the phase
In fact, the phase switch put the Silver/Red combination in phase.
I just don't like having a
pot. I adjust the tone knob for my neck pickup, but I hate that
affects my other pickups since I have to turn the pot back up every
time I switch back to the bridge pickup. In guitars like this,
where there is a
master tone knob, I frequently rearrange the wiring so that it only
the neck pickup and no others. In fact, I usually like to switch
between a crunchy bridge and a creamy neck pickup. But I like the
neck to be clean too sometimes, so I need to have control over it and
just hardwire a capacitor into the circuit.
Note that the phase switch was
the only thing added. There simply was not enough room to add a
push-pull pot under the tone pot because that it where the input jack
(see below). The components are literally stacked on top of one
The only real other wiring option here would have been to use a 4P5T
pickup selector switch to
get a mix of series connections instead of the strictly Strat-like
||This is pre-modification,
I don't know why they leave the leads so long on the stock pickups,
they have to find a place for the spaghetti in this cramped
(Note how they have a zip tie on it to make it more manageable.
That's the aforementioned jack
pot. Not a whole lot of room to expand the electronics. You
would even have to rout a separate space for a battery box if you
anything active in the circuit (i.e., EMG pickups or a preamp).