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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-08-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Schaller megaswitch-M

I am the kinda of guy who wants learn how to fish, not just get a free Steak from Peter Lugers', ( but that is a dang good steak too)...

So,.. Im trying to understand this switch so that I can get creative with the versatility that it offers,rather than just wire up my pickups following a general schematic.

Can anyone who has experience with a five way, four pole switch explain the basic premise?

Second question,....I have an RV-470 that from the factory has a push/pull on the tone pot, that splits the coils on both humbuckers. In position 2 and 4, the middle single coil combines with one coil of the hum as usual.

My tech prefers to wire coil split switch before the 5 way , direct from the bridge pickup. That way, on position 2 of the five way, you can have the middle single coil with either one coil of the bridge or both coils. You can't split both humbuckers this way however, unless you add another push pull in the volume pot.

Do most members here prefer the pickup going to the coil split switch then the 5 way, or direct to the 5 way, and out to the coil split? Have I confused everybody yet?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-18-2013, 08:46 PM
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Re: Schaller megaswitch-M

1 push/ pull or 2 pole/ 2 way switch will split 2 humbuckers to single coils at the same time.
if you want to only split one at a time, then two would be necessary.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-20-2013, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Schaller megaswitch-M

Thanks, after a few days of trying different wiring options with the Megaswitch M on my RV-470, I actually replaced the factory push/pull with a standard tone and cap, and just went with 5 tones on the switch, for my current pickups, all Dimario Humbuckers, Andy Timmons in bridge, Cruiser in middle, and Eric Johnson in neck.
1. bridge Andy Timmons AT-1 in humbucker mode
2. AT-1 split South coil/Cruiser split North coil
3. Cruiser humbucker
4. Cruiser split South coil/Eric Johnson split north coil
5. Eric Johnson Neck Humbucker mode

On my 442R I have installed the Megaswitch M also, and again, all Dimarzio's.
BluesBucker in Bridge, True Velvet reverse polarity in neck, and True Velvet in neck with this switching;
1. Bluesbucker Normal mode.
2. Bluesbucker split/true velvet mid
3. Bluesbucker split/true velvet neck (tele emulation)
4. True velvet mid/True Velvet neck
5. True Velvet neck

The 442R has become a Strat/Tele vintage tone monster, with those pickup combinations, all maple quatersawn neck, and non locking trem.

I also installed a Goeldo Back Box to help with double stops and basic Tele licks as the trem can not be Decked. The guitars overall design prevents the trem from being lowered all the way to the body, so installing the Goeldo Back Box, and setting up correctly, allows me to play an open string, bend another string up a whole note or more, and the open string doesn't change pitch. $35.00 for the Goeldo is a lot easier on the wallet than $200.00 for an actual Ibanez back Stop, and it works just as well.
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