I agree with the subject of this thread. Somebody here has surely actually wired one of these up. This is the schematic link maybe somebody can help with a look at it.
I want to make this work in an Ibanez with an Evo in the bridge and I want to keep the split bridge-middle pickup position. I'm not following on the schematic and the Dimarzio tip they offer how that can be accomplished maybe I'm just missing something. All I've gotten from Fernandes tech support is that all pickups must pass through the circuit board before going to the 5-way switch. Any help??
My experience to this point (to offer up a little help to those wanting to go with this mod) is this. I have an RG-750 that was getting a bit beat up and was looking to install a sustainer, knowing I'd need to rout out some serious wood I took this as an opportunity to do a refin. I got the Fernandes FSK-401, which is the most "complete" version it comes with single coil sized sustainer driver (and ONLY a SC sized driver for some reason that I can't comprehend) volume, tone, sustainer intensity knob, circuit board with electronics/switches, battery box, cheapo 5-way switch, and an extra 2-conductor humbucker for the bridge "specially designed" to work with the system. The FSK-101 only comes with the sustainer driver (neck pickup), which is a humbucker driver, circuit board with electronics/switches, and battery box. I offered to send back the SC driver and the extra humbucker from my kit and/or cash to get the HB driver to fill the HB space in my guitar, it was a no go from Fernandes (Vai's rig isn't commercially available I guess). So I had to rig up a bad old SC I had laying around with the driver so the guitar wouldn't look too weird.
As far as what I did with routing and placement the 750 has a pickguard so I drilled a hole between the volume and tone knobs. I moved the tone to the new hole and put the intensity knob where the tone knob was, "Stratifiyng" the Ibanez. Routing out for the circuit board, you've got to take out A LOT of wood so watch yourself. What I did was "extend" the input jack rout upwards and square it off, this seemed the easiest place to work from it also put the switches right around where Vai's are, if you're going for that look. To lay out the rout I took the trem cover lined it up with the outside edge of the input jack rout and just below the trem cover rout and traced around it. It lines up pretty close to both edges of the input jack rout. This served 2 purposes even with a "lip" to flush mount a cover it allowed enough space for the circuit board and to make a cover for the rout all I needed to do was get another trem cover which was nice and cheap and shape one side using my input cover as guide for a nice fit. The battery box I had a jig for so that was just a placement issue I just centered it in the space between the edge of the guitar and the trem rout. That's my info for all of you out there looking into doing this I hope it helps at least a little bit. Now if I can just get an answer to my wiring question.......