4 pole 5 position rotary switch to treat two single coils as 1 humbucker


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Feb 26, 2011
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I am trying to install a 4 pole 5 position rotary switch in an Epiphone Les Paul Special II.
I wound 2 copies of the PU-380, Gibson pickups used in the first year of the Melody Maker.
I want to treat the two single coils as one humbucker. At guitarelectronics.com, they have the wiring diagram for (1 volume, 1 tone, 1 humbucker, 4 pole 5 position rotary switch) but, it will not down load because they say it is copyrighted.
It doesn't seem that it could be that hard, I just cannot get a view of both wafers.
I would hope that someone that builds guitars, or with extensive knowledge of pickups could provide a diagram


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Apr 16, 2012
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Like with a lot of switches I think the discovery of what your precise switch does is essential....either from observation or looking at the website of the supplier.
I can't really help, as the only one of these I dealt with was on a Tweed Deluxe build where the rotary was the speaker cab ohm selector. In that case I had to sort out how the switch worked from scratch as neither the diagram or any pics helped.

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Mar 11, 2009
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The idea is to run the two single coils in series with each other.

How a particular switch can be configured to do that will depend on the particular switch's internal construction. You'll have to get the switch's schematic from the manufacturer or reverse engineer it and draw your own.

You will also need to make sure that your two pickups have the right type of wiring installed. If your pickups have a metal cover (like a Tele neck) or a metal baseplate (like a Tele bridge or Strat with a reflector) than you'll need at least two conductors inside a common shield for the wiring of the pickup. That is so you can keep the metal cover and/or baseplate grounded independent of the coil's start and finish.

If you have two 50's Strat pickups with no metal covers or base plates and two individual cloth covered leads coming off each pickup's start and finish, than you don't have to worry about it as they are just unshielded pickups with nothing to ground.

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