This combination of mods
will give you just about everything you can get out of a traditional
(i.e., three single-coil) set-up. The individual mods are covered in
links above, but I will draw up a schematic at some point in the future
when I have the time. Here's what I would recommend for the
Pickups - Either
or Lace single coils. These give the best single-coil sound
with absolutely no hum. Alternatively, you could try any number
single-coil sized humbuckers, but the rest of this piece assumes single
coils (i.e., I didn't consider any coil taps, etc.)
- Master vol - How
often do you
use a separate volume knob? Are your pickups that poorly
Just go with one.
- High-pass capacitor -
use lots of volume swells.
- Master tone - And
if you use
a TBX control, you get to add a little brightness as well as having a
tone knob that cuts the highs.
- Series knob - You
will want to
be able to "dial" your level. Sometimes this will be too strong (read:
Switches (mounted on
- Bridge-on switch -
in the bridge pickup for a couple of additional combinations (i.e., all
three-pickups or neck plus bridge) that you wouldn't get with just the
standard 5-way switch.
- Phase switch on the middle
This is great at creating really bright tones that are useful ...at
For extra brightness,
also try going with 500k pots instead of 250k. I haven't done this yet
myself, but I'm going to do at least one of my guitars within the next
few months (and two of them if find the right parts!), so I'll probably
have more to say about it on there when I'm done and actually get
to updating things.
Depending on the manufacturer,
different 5-way switches have different configurations of
This diagram doesn't specify which way is "up" or which direction is
(i.e., position #1 vs. position #5, not that anyone is ever consistent
in using these designations anyway). When you prepare to assemble
your own circuit, use a multi-meter to test the continuity between the
common of each pole and the other lugs so you can determine which
selects the neck pickup, etc.
In this diagram, the gray
go to ground... except where the ground symbols from the neck and
pickups combine in parallel, then eventually meet up with the middle
ground from the phase switch (assuming the phase has not been reversed,
that is). Other colors were chosen arbitrarily. Different
will have different color codes for the wires. If you wish to add
a 4-conductor humbucker, consult the manufacturer's website for which
feed from which coils.
The cap (orange circle) associated
the TBX is 0.02 µF and the fixed resistor (orange rectangle) is
- 3 single coil pickups (Lace
Sensors, most likely)
- 2 push-pull pots (250k
- 0.001uF hi-pass cap (not