Calling All Wiring Gurus! A Little Help Needed

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Calling All Wiring Gurus! A Little Help Needed

Post by andy » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:45 am

I have been dreaming an interesting wiring idea for a few days now. It is for my Fender 1000 pedal steel. It has two necks with two pickups per neck. For each neck I would like to have a series/parallel switch and a blend pot before heading to a CRL 3-way switch that switches between each neck (or both, of course). I also have a stutter switch in there because why not! :D

If someone would take a look at this wiring diagram I drew up and tell me if there are any mistakes I would be very thankful. Also, if anyone has any experience with blend pots (I have none!) that would be appreciated.
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This is the type of blend pot I have:
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Re: Calling All Wiring Gurus! A Little Help Needed

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:16 am

That looks perfect to me. The only thing I'd suggest is wiring the killswitch/stutter like this:

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Explanation why: Premier Guitar - The (In)famous Stratocaster Kill Switch

Even if you leave the killswitch as it is, it will still work though! That's just to prevent any unnecessary noise.
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Post by andy » Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:23 pm

Thanks!! I got it wired up today and melted the killswitch (whoops) so it is without one right now.
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Re: Calling All Wiring Gurus! A Little Help Needed

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:13 pm

andy wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:23 pm
Thanks!! I got it wired up today and melted the killswitch (whoops) so it is without one right now.
Oops :whistle: Everything else working ok and sounding good?
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Post by andy » Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:39 am

Yep! I don’t know using the blend pots was worth it, though. They have the centre detent which is handy but I feel like the switches would’ve been more suited to me.
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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:55 pm

You know, in all the time I've been making schematics and helping people with wiring, you're not the first person I've heard say that about blend pots. I was tempted to put one on a couple projects of mine, but decided against it. I tend to prefer switches myself as well.
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Re: Calling All Wiring Gurus! A Little Help Needed

Post by HarlowTheFish » Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:29 am

Blend pots are cool when you have one, but the minute you start adding more I kinda check out a bit because there's way too much stuff to manage. I'm a switch + volume kinda guy, so even a Jazz Bass is finicky for me. Maybe a 4-way rotary ala Dingwall would be cool? Wire it in reverse (relative to the standard Tele 4-way) and you get both series, bridge, both parallel, neck, which gets you a bit less objective variety, but a lot more usability.

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Post by andy » Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:47 pm

If I dive back in again, those blend pots are leaving. You basically only get source A or source B once you deviate in either direction from centre. Might as well have a switch because it’s quick and easy to operate. Plus all the switches makes it look more space shuttle-y 8)
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Re: Calling All Wiring Gurus! A Little Help Needed

Post by jorri » Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:18 pm

Blend pots tend to suck. Its hard to find one that will not attenuate in the middle which youd want 100/100 and then dialing back from there. They should act like two volumes.

Yet even then, just like having two volumes, there tends to be a definite centre where the phase relations of pickups click in, with only subtle changes everywhere else. Thats just how pickups combine. I guess if an extreme reverse-log taper was used it may do something else...

What i did is use switches. But for the small area of sound thats actually different - a hair off centre..i measured it and put in fixed resistors.
This for a jazz bass, its a more common "fatter" setting. So its a five way switch for two pickups.

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