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    Best way to wire humbucker bridge/singlecoil neck?

    About to finish up a superstrat build (charvel clone) ive decided to have humbucker bridge and a singlecoil neck. Just trying to work out the best way to wire it up. I'm open to volume/tone pot options, ie 2 vol, 1 tone or single vol, no tone or other choices. Though i feel it may be useful to have a tone pot connected to the singlecoil. That said i rarely feel the need to use a tone knob even on my tele. I am firmly set on using a 3 way toggle though.

    I've read this page on Fralins website, option 4 sounds interesting.

    https://www.fralinpickups.com/2017/1...ls-humbuckers/

    But if you have any suggestions im all ears. Cheers!
    Last edited by spilla; 10-09-2021, 03:26 AM.

    #2
    I effectively have a HS in one of my Warmoths, though with a 5-way super switch. It has Fishman Classics, and the neck is only ever run as a single coil.

    I have:
    1) Bridge voice 2
    2) Bridge voice 1
    3) Bridge single
    4) B+N singles
    5) Neck single


    With a HS and a 3 way toggle, I'd maybe do:
    1) Bridge series
    2) Bridge single + Neck parallel
    3) Neck

    No volume or tone knobs.

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      #3
      I am planning something similar. Will be using a 250k/500k dual volume pot (250k for the single, 500 for the humbucker, both pots controlled by a single knob) and a JP-style 3-way toggle that will do neck single, neck single with bridge split (hum cancelling), and full humbucker.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Leon View Post
        No volume or tone knobs.
        Sorry, should have been more specific. I'm more concerned with what pots to use, i see there are some pro cons with using a 250k or 500k pot when having a humbucker/singlecoil arrangement.


        Originally posted by Josh View Post
        I am planning something similar. Will be using a 250k/500k dual volume pot (250k for the single, 500 for the humbucker, both pots controlled by a single knob) and a JP-style 3-way toggle that will do neck single, neck single with bridge split (hum cancelling), and full humbucker.
        How do you split the bridge with this setup? Does the JP-style 3-way toggle offer more wiring options than a standard 3 way?

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          #5
          Currently leaning towards 2 separate vol pots (one 250k and one 500k) with no tone, however im a little confused how the middle postition on the 3 way will behave. From what i can gather atm (from reading that fralin page) is that it may be quite dark on that position. Though i may be wrong there.

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            #6
            Originally posted by spilla View Post

            Sorry, should have been more specific. I'm more concerned with what pots to use, i see there are some pro cons with using a 250k or 500k pot when having a humbucker/singlecoil arrangement.
            It depends on how bright you want your single to be. I tend to like brighter sounds from the guitar, and using Treble/Presence on the amp to control it. The higher the resistance, the brighter it'll be.

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              #7
              Ive been looking around and i think i might just try a single 500k vol and see how it goes. If the neck is to bright then i can try putting a 470k resistor from the necks hot to ground. Making the neck "see" a 250k pot. Ill also leave the pot/switch layout open to adding another pot for later, just incase.

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                #8
                If you want a nice middle ground you could use 330k pots.

                Or have your regular 500k but instead of a tone have another pot in parallel that you can use to vary the resistance of the main pot

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Tony View Post
                  Or have your regular 500k but instead of a tone have another pot in parallel that you can use to vary the resistance of the main pot
                  That's a cool trick

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by spilla View Post

                    That's a cool trick
                    It works quite well. If you want less faff you can just have a toggle or even push pull for the main pot that switches a resistor in to get a fixed shift

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                      #11
                      Maybe a small trimpot? Something you can tuck into the cavity, so it can still be adjusted, but is out of the way?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by spilla View Post
                        Currently leaning towards 2 separate vol pots (one 250k and one 500k) with no tone, however im a little confused how the middle postition on the 3 way will behave. From what i can gather atm (from reading that fralin page) is that it may be quite dark on that position. Though i may be wrong there.
                        Honestly? Start with all the same values, then keep changing them until you get what you like.

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                          #13
                          Time to channel my inner EVH and try some shit

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