Wiring a three way switch (Help guitar tech's)

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  1. Fixxxer

    Fixxxer V.I.P. Member

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    Can anyone help me out?

    One of my guitars was basically raped at the last shop I brought it too. I think they used the EMG 3 way toggle, anyway, it was the sh!tiest wiring job I ever saw. Had I not spazzed out, I would have taken pictures.

    Anyway, can somebody point me in the direction of a wiring diagram for a three way switch?

    Specifically, how do I know what wire goes to the neck, and what goes to the treble?

    Also, what type of wire do I need to connect all the pots together on the outside?

    Finally do I need to ground the tail piece to the neck volume pot?

    Please help...:wtf::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:
     
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    I did, it was very helpful. In fact the modern diagram s basically taped to the baseplate of my lamp.

    How do you wire a 3 way switch on a lester?, and

    what wire(s) go to the jackplate.

    I am basically a novice when it comes to wiring, unfortunately the guy that re-wired my custom, did a bad job.

    Also for a cust will any size 3 way switch work? (they sell long and shorts)
     
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    [​IMG]


    I would say you need a long switch
     
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    Can I ground the lug to the input jack and be OK? Some verbal response would work instead of all the pics.
     
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    not sure what you mean by lug but any grounding points are connected & should be fine
     
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    This shows a switchcraft type switch with shielded wire. Push the two hot wire lugs together and solder the hot wire. Then use a pigtail for the ground from the middle lug on the switch and wrap it around the shielded wires and solder all together.[​IMG]
     
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    How important is it to ground to the bridge of a les paul?
     
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    ground it..
     
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    Have you ever had your lips shocked with 120 volts off a microphone ...I have !!!:(
     
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    oh man hommie..

    No, and I don't even want to know what that is like.

    Thanks for the feedback guys, I have some work to do.

    Last questions, what type of wire is ground wire? Can I use basically anything?
     
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    I use 22 gauge. It has the plastic insulation on it that I strip off where I need to.
     
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    How do you ground something to the bridge, I thought you can just ground it to the top of the pots?
     
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    agreed, pictures please
     
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    all electric guitars are grounded to the bridge or tail maybe except EMG equipped guitars
     
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    how do you get the wire from the bridge to the pot?
     
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    should be a hole that runs to the tail bushing hole .Need to pull the bushing
     

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