So You Want to Get a Bit ‘More’ Out of Your Pickup…

So you’ve got a great bridge pickup that just really shoots flames when running through a hot guitar amp. It’s awesome, but you find yourself wanting just a little bit ‘more’. Not more in the sense of hitting the amp up with a boost or overdrive pedal, but ‘more’ from your pickup. There is a pretty easy way to achieve this with a DPDT on/on switch or push/pull (or push/push) potentiometer, some wire, and some simple soldering skills.

Guitar Wiring Explored – Switches Part 1

look at modifying our wiring schemes to achieve non-standard sounds. The first modification most people do is to replace one or more of the potentiometers with a push/pull pot. This is a pot that works in the same way as normal when you turn it, but also has a double-pole, double-throw (DPDT) switch attached. The switch is moved into one of its two possible positions by pulling the pot’s knob out and away from the guitar, or pushing it back in again.

Adding A Bridge Pickup Switch To A Strat

Strats are versatile guitars. We can get a ton of different sounds from them, and that’s why we play them. The one thing you can’t do, however, is get your neck and bridge pickups selected at the same time for that Tele middle-position kind of sound). Well, with this diagram, you are one push/pull away…

How To Get Two Strats In One

With a little creative rewiring of a standard 5-way switch, one push/pull can be used to split three humbuckers at once. This means you can have a guitar that is all humbuckers, or all single coils. It’s like having two guitars in one.

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