Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Middleville, MI USA
Re: Question concerning unusual wiring
I have the SD SH-4 JB/SH-2 Jazz on my 1985 Westone Spectrum LX and I really like 'em. I have them set up with 3-way series/split/parallel switches, but if you're not into that, try doing a phase reverse on one of the pickups... probably the bridge (I've got mine set to do that too). It gives a pretty cool effect when you're running two pups at once. Might not be the kind of thing you use for an entire piece, but can create an alternative sound that still sounds great with distortion (actually I like it much better with distortion than clean) that you could use during a bridge or breakdown.
As for the rust, naphtha (or any solvent for that matter) will do nothing except evaporate quickly. The WD-40, coupled with some elbow grease and steel wool, will help because it's a lubricant (so it stays wet longer) AND it's designed for rust penetration. You're going to end up with some bare metal though when you're done... the rust has already removed whatever finish was present, so you will need to refinish in order to get the pieces looking new again. If you decide not to refinish, even though the cleaned bare metal will work much better than the corrosion, you're inviting the corrosion to return. Consider at least getting a spray can of clear lacquer and spraying over them (PRIOR TO re-installation) to give them a layer of protection.
Good luck... I'll be curious to see/hear what you decide to do!