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Re: extra s/c p/up on my strat

Post by IanO on Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:22 pm

Thanks G

Parts are on order....can't wait.

thanks again, will let you know when parts are in and am going ahead

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Re: extra s/c p/up on my strat

Post by IanO on Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:30 pm

Tonights the night........
Switches came today
Stripping the scratchplate off tonight to try and cut extra S/C hole tomorrow......still not 100% sure how I'm gonna do it.

Soldering will start Thurs of Fri night depending on mood/confidence/phase of the moon!

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Re: extra s/c p/up on my strat

Post by IanO on Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:21 pm

Right ,

Finally managed to get everything done to my Strat, hole cut for additional Pup (chain drilled and filed to suit). Got temporarily scuppered by the "put in a safe place" syndrome for the new Pup cover for the middle pup-had to buy more....still not found the original pack I bought. Embarked on the mammoth task of doing more soldering than I had ever done before and managed to squeeze it all back onto the guitar. While all was off I shielded the cavities with Aluminium tape and finally it was ready to test.

Bug*er.......the B string broke when doing them back up. I'd cheated by loosening them off and removing the trem whilst still attached to the strings, hey it was a 3 week old set of elixirs after all. Ho Hum I'll test it with 5 strings.
Initially I was disappointed.... the HB modes didn't have the growl i had expected and the neck Pup came on when the middle was meant to...bum.
Took it all back apart and checked the wiring diagram , found it was my fault and that I couldn't blame Gittarasaurus' wiring plan. re soldered where necessary and retried.

After playing for about an hour (admittedly at low volume due to it being early hours of the AM) I had started to aclimatise to the sounds. The HB modes (upper switch towards the volume pot-series I think(thickest sound)) were "thicker" yet still Stratty ...loving it now. The phase reverse..........mmmmmmm not really sure about that. Everythng gets SERIOUSLY thin when it's engaged (towards the tone pot). I would hope that it would work really well if building harmonised lines a la Brian May and as I can't be Ar*ed to remove it then it will stay (although I may turn it round as I can see the possibility of "going weedy" at the wrong moment).

Anyway here are some pics:
http://s1151.beta.photobucket.com/user/molecularelk/media/Image0223.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

http://s1151.beta.photobucket.com/user/molecularelk/media/Image0222.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

http://s1151.beta.photobucket.com/user/molecularelk/media/Image0224.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0


Just wanted to say thanks again to Gittarasaurus. Without your help I would still be driving around at work trying to work out how to wire up my wholly inadequate on/off/on mini switch.

Cheers and here's to the next one!

Ian

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Re: extra s/c p/up on my strat

Post by gittarasaurus on Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:50 am

hey, nice job cutting in the extra pickup! that looks great!

i'm glad it all worked out. give it a good test run to see how you like it and what you can do with all the settings. it may take time and you may find uses for settings that didn't seem appealing at first. if you don't like it, then we can work up another wiring scheme for the next one.

i've tried some wiring tricks that i didn't really like much. and so i removed them or changed them. that's what is great about being able to do it yourself, you can alter it in any way you can think of, until it does what you want.

this is one that i did like and have kept it this way...
have you ever seen my Maxtone, my super-customized strat thingy?


there are separate volume controls for single coils and humbuckers, master tone pot (the second knob still says 'tone', but it is actually volume control for the humbuckers)
i added a 3-way blade switch for the mini-buckers, existing 5-way for the lipstick singles
i added a slide switch to select - singles/all pups/humbuckers
push/pulls for humbuckers too, coil split for both, and phase reverse for bridge minibucker
it is amazingly versatile, i can have the neck lipstick on with the bridge mini-bucker (and then split to single coil, and reverse phase the mini).
all kinds of combinations are possible. i can take a split mini-bucker and pair it with the middle pup for a little quacky too. just about anything....
separate volume controls help balance the outputs of the singles and the hummers


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Re: extra s/c p/up on my strat

Post by Barry on Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:26 pm

I'm askeered! affraid

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Re: extra s/c p/up on my strat

Post by IanO on Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:41 pm

That looks amazing though I'm glad I didn't have to solder it all! Love the colour too. I must confess that while I was doing mine the thought crossed my mind that a second 5way switch might have been a better way to do the extra switching, but soon realised that getting another of them in would have been a nightmare without routing/chiselling and I had shielded the cavity before the starting the electrics.

I must confess that I now look a t my RG570 and think abut how I can make it better....no anti-Ibanez comments please.


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Re: extra s/c p/up on my strat

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Re: extra s/c p/up on my strat

Post by Barry on Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:46 pm

Saying Nothing Mmmfffph....

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