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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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3 way switch issues

Hey - I just replaced the bridge pickup on an import Ibanez - an ART100 - and it works great. But, when the selector is in the middle position (neck PU + bridge PU) the sound is super thin and weak. In the neck position - sounds great. In the bridge position - sounds great. In the middle - sounds weak. I can't think of a reason for it, other than a bad switch - and I can't remember if it did that with the stock pickups (I never used the middle position). Any help would be appreciated, thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2013, 10:57 PM
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Re: 3 way switch issues

Id take really good look at the switch.. take it out and try it while plugged into an amp and see if anything is bent preventing the correct connection. Ive replaced a few in my day
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 3 way switch issues

I would - but it's all enclosed in a metal/plastic casing. I can't see a way to get it open without doing serious damage to it...
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 10:47 AM
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Re: 3 way switch issues

Just guessing, I think your pickups out-of-phasing each other. Try to reverse the polarity of ONE of the pickup.

Example (Dimarzio 4 conductors pickup): change the hot to WHITE (instead of RED). Tape RED & GREEN together, while connect the BLACK & Bare as ground wire.

Or if it has just 2 wires, then switch between the hot & ground wire.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 03:06 PM
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Re: 3 way switch issues

to change phase on dimarzio switch the red and green wires. red is the hot wire in all standard configs and green is run with the bare to the ground.

make green your hot and run red to the ground.

it does sound like an out of phase issue, but what pickup did you put in ? and if you could post a picture of the switch and or wiring it would let us take a look and make sure nothing else is off.
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