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12-01-2004 10:15 AM
gear collector That should work, IŽll wire it up this way and see how it sounds.

Thanks a lot for your help!!
11-30-2004 05:39 PM
Champagne Mist For the phase switch, use a DPDT on/on mini switch. It will have 6 pins on the bottom of the switch, like this:

| 6 5 4 |
| 1 2 3 |

Then, wire it up:
RED --> pin 5
GREEN --> pin 2
a jumper wire: pin 6 --> pin 3
another jumper: pin 1 --> pin 4

Then a wire from pin 4 -- this is your hot oupput
A wire from pin 3 - this goes to ground

Next, for the coil switching, you have a few options. You could tap each coil separately, or use one control for both.

To tap one coil with a DPDT:

| 6 5 4 |
| 1 2 3 |

BLACK and WHITE ---> pin 5
wire pin 4 to ground.

You can use the other side of the switch (pins 2 and 3) to tap the other p/u.

This is from memory STRAIGHT out of a little wiring guide dimarzio includes with all its humbuckers. Just adapt as necessary
11-30-2004 04:10 PM
gear collector Thanks for your replies!

How can I wire each pu to a switch AND a push/pull pot? By soldering them e.g. to the pot and from there with an additional wire to the switch?
11-30-2004 12:18 PM
Champagne Mist and by my count this would give you 15 different combinations, unless the switch tapped both coils simultaneously, at which point you would have 7.

Unless of course, you include NO SOUND AT ALL as one of your possibilites, then you have 8.
11-30-2004 12:15 PM
Champagne Mist Well, you could get exactly what you wanted with two DPDTs and two push/pull pots. Just wire up each pickup to a DPDT as a phase switch, and to a push/pull for the coil tapping. When tapped, the phase switch selects which p/u coil is on.

I agree with dot dot dot though. I would wire for series/parallel switching personally.
11-30-2004 04:58 AM
dot-dot-dot Yup, that'd do it.

The other option is to switch the humbuckers from series to parallel instead of splitting them; I personally prefer that sound but it's all a matter of taste.
11-29-2004 02:13 PM
gear collector Hm, you may be right. How would the wiring diagram look like? I found this wiring diagram on the sd site. The only change to this diagram would be to connect the red and white of the neck pu to a second push/pull pot. It would be identical to the wiring of the bridge pu. Is that correct?
11-29-2004 11:06 AM
dot-dot-dot I think you should cut that down a little; a lot of the sounds will probably be much the same.

How about a 3-way switch to choose between the two pickups, then a push/pull pot for each pickup to either split them or switch them series/parallel?
11-29-2004 09:39 AM
gear collector
Please help me with guitar pu wiring...

Hi there!

IŽll start building my own guitar in the next few weeks. The woods etc. wonŽt be the problem, but IŽm still trying to understand the wiring stuff. I can solder, the connection of the parts is no problem.
The problem is: I know which sounds I want, but I donŽt know how to design the wiring diagram. I found the diagrams at, and, but I donŽt know how to alter the diagrams to my needs. Maybe someone can help me.

My guitar is going to have a SD ScreaminŽ Demon and a Cool Rails (a sc sized humbucker). I want to switch between both humbuckers individually and both combined (3 sounds), and split each coil individually (4 more). In addition to that I want an Ibanez JPM-like sound of two coils of each pu combined, that makes a total of 8 sounds. How to do that with 2 push/pull pots and one or two mini switches?

Thanks a lot for reading this and helping me!!

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