I havent shown myself here for weeks, sorry. I just didnt feel up to the task...? Also, my NYC trip came in between. anyway, i have been busy. I designed a wiring to mute once and for all all the naysayers when it comes to 3pup les pauls. It has 3 concentric pots, a 7way rotary and 2 2position 4 pole toggles for left coil/series right coil/parallel settings. You have to rout a bit for those toggles, if you can find them, same for the rotary. That thing is huge. But you can make it work and even have it covered up by the standard cavity covers.
The pickups i use are hybrids. X2N/jb triple mag halfair hex polepiecr hybrid in the bridge, x2n/bluesbucker a8 halfair in neck and a bluesbucker/paf a5 in middle.
The bridge screams and squeels like crazy. Not superhot, but lots of agression and tightness. I have to waxpot it again, but i like the livelynes i have with so little wax and squeel.
The neck sings. Superclear, great stratty tones in singlecoil mode. Its warm but with superb articulation.
The middle by itself gives me a nice dirty sound, like the belgium based band Triggerfinger.
I have to tweak a bit, but this is the best 3 pup wiring for a les paul. A 4 pole 4 way rotary instead of the toggles will do the job too but doesnt allow superfast switching on the fly like the toggled do, not to mention ease of wiring. Triple shots can do it too, but they didnt fit the guitar cause its a 24.75" 24fret floyded LP. Aka: little space!
The 7 way rotary came from a RAF Nimrod fighter and the toggles from a harrier. They are hard to come by and expensive, but they are rock solid. Will never ever break down. The guitar top will be more likely to split,break or crack due to toggling than the switches will break (its a thin top). To make sure that wouldnt happen i used 2 stainless steel washers on the top and back. They take the beating, not the wood.
Because the toggles are so huge the plug of the cable touched the casing of a toggle. I fixed that by bringing the jack outside of the body by using 2 2mm thick rosewood jackplates. One is the spacer, the other one is used in the regular fashion to asfix the toggles. When i get a strat jack boat i will whip out the router and use that. Much nicer fix imho.
The guitar isnt in its final shape there. The washers arent in place, but the general idea is there.
The pots are ofcourse 1 volume and 1 tone per pickup. The rotary selects the following.
Middle neck bridge
Thats logical, but impractical cause the 2 settings i use most frequent, neck and bridge, are the ferthest apart. I will re do it like so.
If that doesnt work i can re do it again. No problem. Anyway, now you are up to speed.
Oh, one more thing. Tonezone half air mod a8. Greatness!! Bite and chunkyness, singing and crunch. Great way to make a so-so pickup an aggressive beast. It did great things to me anyway.