The addition of a simple
SPST (single pole-single throw) switch can add a pickup to combinations
where the that pickup would otherwise not be present.
For example, you could add a switch to
a Strat to turn on the neck pickup. This would give you at least
two additional combinations of pickups, depending on what other
you have already performed). Say you already have the bridge
selected with the 5-way switch, then add the neck pickup with the
This combination resembles that of a Telecaster. As you
probably already guessed, the other combination is all three pickups at
the same time via the bridge/middle pickup + the neck.
Alternatively, you can use a blender
to accomplish this as well. The advantage of using a switch
of a blender is that you can hook it through a push-pull pot and keep
tone or volume knob.
Personally, I found neither of these
combinations to be particularly awe-inspiring on standard Strats.
However, if you have a collection of very different sounding pickups in
your guitar, perhaps new combinations would stand out more prominantly
than with my vanilla arsenals.
Depending on how you wire
you can add in either the bridge or the neck. The diagram below
the neck pickup added in when the switch is pulled. Note that,
than the addition of a push-pull, the only differences between this and
a stock Strat are the two purple wires
from the switch.
Note that the push-pull in this
is the foremost knob. This is the most intuitive approach.
If I had added in the bridge pickup, I would have designated the
knob for this purpose. Similarly, since I always switch the phase
of the middle pickup, the middle knob is reserved for this
It's the little things that keep you from going insane in the search
the perfect sound when you take that solo!
As is stated above, you could add a
switch (toggle, push-button, etc.) to accomplish this purpose just as
but why? This push-pull retains the stock appearance and plays
the whole James Bond mystique of gadgetry! If you want to see
and knobs out the yazoo, check out my Eddie
Make certain you know how to ground
properly (don't forget the string ground!) before attempting this or
other mod. Be sure to read my "All
Note: The image below is
than displayed. If you wish to print it, save it and resize as
to take advantage of the actual resolution.
3 pots 250k Ohms, at least one
of which must
be a push-pull (unless you install a separate switch)
You might also go the
approach. Let's say you always want the "Telecaster"
of having the neck and bridge output. You could wire not one, but
both these pickups to be added into the output. Regardless of
you were in position #1 or position #5, you would get the same
In all the other positions that feature the middle pickup, you would
all three pickups. Neat, huh?! All you need is a DPDT
switch to do both at the same time, which is what you have on a
push-pull pot. Here's what you get:
2) Neck + Middle
4) Middle +
1) Neck + Bridge
2) Neck + Middle + Bridge
3) Neck + Middle + Bridge
4) Neck + Middle + Bridge
5) Neck + Bridge