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    Default New pickups coming soon!!

    Iím close to soldering the new set for my esp vintage plus

    Stks4 neck , stks4 middle, lil 59 bridge; will use a super switch to do auto split in pos 2 and 4.
    I also want to use a push pull pot to add the bridge humbuvker + neck full stack

    So I have a couple queries you might be able to answer please:
    - any wiring diagram with the push pull pot to add n+b? Couldnít find it on the SD diagrams
    - Do I must have a wire to the tremolo claw? Itís not shown in the SD diagram and maybe because of the stks4 pickups is not required?

    Thanks for your help guys.

    Iím actually so nervous about this wiring, as based on my previous experiences, Iím just not very good wiring pickups but canít afford a tech at the moment.

    Thanks!
    Max

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Sorry, I donít have answers to your questions.

    But I recently installed STK-S4s in the neck and middle of an HSS superstrat (with a full size 59 in the bridge).

    I get a better tone when I donít try to split them, even with the bridge humbucker.

    You are gonna love those pickups.


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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    If you're nervous about your specific wiring situation, I'd suggest taking a look at GuitarElectronics.com and their wiring diagrams. If they don't have the specific diagram you're looking for, they also offer custom drawn wiring diagrams for a standard fee. Good luck though, sounds like it's shaping up to be a real secret weapon!
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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    The instructions that come with the STK-S4s have diagrams for doing the splitting in positions 2 and 4 of a 5-way superswitch. Those instructions come with the pickups. If you don't have that, contact me and I can scan and email you a copy of that diagram.

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Thanks guys, I do have the original paper work jimcore many thanks for the offer anyway

    I will go and wire it today. My esp is a good guitar but can't use it much because of the hum. I have many gigs in the coming months and really miss a strat at them. So excited!

    I'll go with this:
    Neck full stks4n
    Neck plus mid split stks4 mid and neck
    Middle full stks4m
    Bridge plus mid split lil59 and split stks4m
    Bridge full lil59

    Push pull add bridge humbucker

    I would have loved to get split bridge plus split neck in the push pull but it wouldn't be hum cancelling so have to let that go

    Thanks for your messages, much appreciated

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Ok
    All done. Took me hours but its done, not grabbing the soldering iron for a while I hope hahah

    I LOVED the stk s4 neck and mid, I loved them a lot.
    Also loved the lil59 bridge, it's still bright enough to be in the ball park with the stks so combination works well.

    I wired the lil59 with a tone pot first but not good, better do without it as it's more open and defined, closer to the stks4
    I did not need the ground to the tremolo claw supringsinly . It doesn't hum so all good! Finally can use my esp live again .

    Thanks to everyone for your assistance and advise


    Max from Melbourne, oz

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Btw, couldn't use the push pull for the neck + bridge as I bought the wrong pot apparently
    Next time

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Awesome! Can you post a pic of the finished project?
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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Sure can
    See here

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Salas View Post
    I did not need the ground to the tremolo claw surprisingly. It doesn't hum so all good!
    Cool project. Glad that worked out. Typically, you need to ground the bridge on all but active pickups. If yours isn't a problem, then you're good to go. Enjoy.

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Looks great! Well done!

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Sound clips!
    Who took my guitar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMENATOR View Post
    Sound clips!
    You're right, should do that.
    Will get to it soon, I'm practicing for some gigs this month . I will maybe record something during the practice.

    But let me tell you, I'm loving the results.
    I have very very minor static noise when I touch the pickguard, I think I will add the ground cable to the tremolo claw next string change

    Any other ideas of what can cause the static noise? The whole pickguard is foiled in the back and the body cavity is shielded as well, so not sure

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Wow, that looks great!
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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Looking to do the same thing for my Strat but with a STK-S7 bridge.
    How is the position 4 with split N+M?
    Did you use a regular 5-way switch for the split?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcorey View Post
    Sorry, I don’t have answers to your questions.

    But I recently installed STK-S4s in the neck and middle of an HSS superstrat (with a full size 59 in the bridge).

    I get a better tone when I don’t try to split them, even with the bridge humbucker.
    Do you mean position 4 (N+M) also? Better not splitted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donaldr View Post
    Do you mean position 4 (N+M) also? Better not splitted?
    Yes. I found that not splitting worked best in both positions 2 and 4.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Salas View Post
    Sure can
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    I have an LTD Strat and it's one of the best strat I played, I cannot imagine how a real ESP should be

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    Default Re: New pickups coming soon!!

    Quote Originally Posted by donaldr View Post
    I have an LTD Strat and it's one of the best strat I played, I cannot imagine how a real ESP should be
    ESP vintage plus are very very good guitars. Resonant, GREAT construction overall!, comes with great stock pickups, great hardware, 2 piece alder body in my case. Being pickky, only downside - to me that is - is that the neck in the vintage plus are a bit skinny for my preference, which I believe makes the guitar brighter (less bass).
    I tried an LTD strat once and the neck was defo fatter than whats in my esp.

    In a way, specs of the ESP vintage plus were similar to the former fender american deluxe range. I would call the ESP Vintage Plus as a classic strat type guitar, but with modern appointments.
    They don't male it anymore sadly.

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