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I have a set of power sound humbuckers, 3 wires: white, red and bare.

I want to run them but coil tap them through an on off switch and have a 3 way selector.

How can I achieve this without a push/pull potentiometer??
 

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On the Powersound pickups, the red wire is the coil tap. You need to ground it out, most of the time this is easier to do with a push/pull pot than to add a little toggle switch somewhere.
What kind of guitar are they going in? I mean, it's a lot different if you are putting them in a Les Paul or an RG or Strat type.

There is a wiring diagram on Ibanez's site:

Ibanez.com | Wiring Diagrams

Select "guitar", 2004, & GAX30... It has the Powersound pickups, a 3-way, and vol/tone. All you have to do is ground out the red wires in the diagram, either by a little toggle switch or a push/pull pot wired to the back of the volume pot where the other grounds attach.

Hope this helps!!
 

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On the Powersound pickups, the red wire is the coil tap. You need to ground it out, most of the time this is easier to do with a push/pull pot than to add a little toggle switch somewhere.
What kind of guitar are they going in? I mean, it's a lot different if you are putting them in a Les Paul or an RG or Strat type.

There is a wiring diagram on Ibanez's site:

Ibanez.com | Wiring Diagrams

Select "guitar", 2004, & GAX30... It has the Powersound pickups, a 3-way, and vol/tone. All you have to do is ground out the red wires in the diagram, either by a little toggle switch or a push/pull pot wired to the back of the volume pot where the other grounds attach.

Hope this helps!!
Thank you!!!! I tried the Ibanez search on my phone and it wouldn't bring up any models. This is going into (came out of) a 2003 S470. The guitar was beat when I got it; broken neck, missing tremolo pieces and I let it sit for a few years. Well... now I have depleted most of my collection (minus the projects, restorations and builds), and have an urge to play something unlike anything.

This one will be hardtailed, the neck is a Strat style, I pulled the wiring and decided to take these and coil tap them, but with an on/off switch. Basically, this is going to be a very spare parts build. I sold the tremolo and that paid for the guitar itself. So for under $20 (need some scrap wood, paint and strings) I'm going to run a straight Frankenstein style, no investment bad-ass-o-caster.

Since the body had seen better days, I don't feel bad doing this to it. I also have A few more in the planning as well. Just have fun with it!!
 

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This one will be hardtailed, the neck is a Strat style, I pulled the wiring and decided to take these and coil tap them, but with an on/off switch. Basically, this is going to be a very spare parts build. I sold the tremolo and that paid for the guitar itself. So for under $20 (need some scrap wood, paint and strings) I'm going to run a straight Frankenstein style, no investment bad-ass-o-caster.
Sounds cool... A worthy project. I hope it turns out to be a great player.

I did something similar a few years ago. I had an old Roadstar neck (strat style) and put it on a cheap Bullet strat (HSS) body from ebay. Screwed the tremolo down tight for a hardtail bridge and put in a set of used pickups from a Jackson soloist. Once I got the neck adjusted and set the intonation it played better than all of my other guitars. Still my main axe!

Good luck!
 
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