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    Default Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    Can I use a 6 position 2 pole rotary switch with 3 humbuckers to get:
    neck
    neck+middle
    middle
    middle+bridge
    bridge
    neck + bridge
    ?

    I'm pretty sure I can but looking for some help.
    Previously I used a push pull to add the middle in or take it out when combined with where-ever the 3 way switch is.
    I can't use the 4 pole switch as the SG isn't deep enough.

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    Default Re: Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    I'm sure you can.
    This guys explains how.
    Stewmac has this diagram for a 5-position.
    I've never done it, so I can't help beyond that.

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    I've been down this road...I ended up not using a rotary, because it would not fit in my les paul.

    There are two easy ways to do what you want that don't involve a rotary.

    1) get a blender pot, and wire it to the middle and neck pickup. Then you can have all the combinations you want. This is by far the easiest and cleanest.

    2) Wire one push pull to add in the middle, and another to cut the feed from the 3 way toggle. That way, you can have the middle on its own by adding it in and cutting the three way (and you can get all the other combos you want, too).
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    Default Re: Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    The 6 position 2 pole rotary switch fit fine in my SG.

    Here's a link for the switch:
    http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electron..._Switches.html

    Hot wire from bridge pup to switch position red #1, with jumper wire to red #2 and to blue #6,
    Hot wire from middle pup to blue #3 with jumper to blue #2 and 4,
    Hot wire from neck pup to red #5 with jumper to red #4 and 6.
    Wire a jumper between the two center common lugs (blue and red) then to the vol pot (if you are going to have one master volume.

    You can have one master tone pot and the other two holes could be used for coil splitting, or kill switch, phase, or whatever you want.
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    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Another great idea is to use 3 Triple Shot mounting rings (the flat ones) to control coil splitting, series and parallel for each pup. You could then have 3 separate vol pots and a master tone pot, or one master vol pot with three separate tone pots. Or one master vol, one master tone, a kill switch, and a master bypass switch.

    The possibilities are endless.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Default Re: Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    thanks guitar doc! that what I needed to know.

    I think Im gonna wire each through a volume, and I may leave the push pulls for coil splitting. I think triple shots plus push pulls will be to much for one guitar, plus finding three different flat angles height TS's may be a problem.

    This guitar already has an old EMG midrange cut/boost as a tone pot since I never turn the tone down, and it also helps drive longer cable better and boost output a bit.

    If i like it enough I will wire up my Gibson SG custom to match my Epi when I get the neck fixed up.

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    Default Re: Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    ....most versatile guitar ever?

    Post clips and pics! I'm interested in what you decide to do, I have a 3 pickup config and am looking to clean it up even more.
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    Default Re: Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    PG neck

    Distortion neck in middle

    Custom bridge
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    Default Re: Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    why not a phat cat in the middle? I really like the phat cat in the middle with a jazz/59 hybrid in the neck and a pg/custom hybrid with a5 or 59/custom hybrid with a5 in the bridge. love it.

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    I know the phat cat is a popular choice - but dangit, sometimes you just need to go balls to the wall. A Phat Cat ain't it!
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    Default Re: Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    I had a rotary switch in my SG when I bought it and ended up swapping it for a 6-way "FreeWay" switch I got from StewMac. It just bugged me that I had to go through all of the positions to switch from N to B, and it didn't always land right on the position I wanted. If you do install the rotary, it might be a good idea to get a position marker ring. You can get one from Big D Guitars.

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    Default Re: Wiring 3 humbuckers with a rotary switch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    PG neck

    Distortion neck in middle

    Custom bridge
    its already got a full shred neck

    distortion neck in the middle

    and distortion bridge.

    its been this way for 12 years

    I've got another set ready for when I get the Gibson fixed up.

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