Pickup Selector Switch for 3 PUP Custom

NotScott

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I have been searching all over for the right answer to this but can't seem to find anything conclusive. Maybe I am having a brain cramp or I don't understand exactly how the old 3 PUP Customs operated but I would appreciate someone who knows helping me out here.

I am working on a buddy's Custom that was butchered by a previous tech. Looking at the selector switch, it appears to be the standard Switchcraft DPDT center on switch. However, I can't see how you get the following pup combinations from the standard DPDT switch:

Bridge
Bridge and Middle
Neck

Is there a special switch for this or is there something I am missing from the wiring configuration or operation? Thanks!
 

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They sacrificed a tone knob to introduce the middle pickup.

That allowed for standard LP switching (with a run of the mill three way switch) but with the option to use the tone knob as a "volume" for the middle pup.

This allowed all possible combinations that you seek.

Google a three pup LP wiring.
 

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3 pickup Customs either use a different switch, or had a separate vol control (+ master tone) for the third pickup.
 

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wiring-3pupcustom-on-3-pickup-les-paul-wiring-diagram.jpg
 

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IIRC Gibson never used a different selector switch but rather relied on this diagram.

Whenever I wire a three pup Gibson, I convert the bridge tone into a "master tone" and convert the neck tone into a volume for the middle pup.

This allows pretty much any and all pup combinations.
 

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^ That diagram shows clearly the special 3-pickup selector switch I described in my post.
 

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I would check out those 6 position Freeway Ultraswitches. They are a bit more money but they have a good feel and give a lot of options.
 
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After digging a bit more, it appears that if this guitar is to operate like the original 3 pup customs -which is my goal- then there has to be an extra pole, as shown in the diagram above. It appears the tech who was last in this guitar replaced the original switch with the standard DPDT switch and then rigged some blender control with the neck pup. I will order the proper switch. Thanks guys.
 

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A ew pics from my '81. All stock. Hope it helps. Mine operates like you said neck - mid / bridge - bridge.

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Anybody have a Switchcraft part # for this switch? The one I found has too short of a collar to fit a LP carve without resorting to the collared nut:

 

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The short switch is the one with the longer threaded part, but I don't know if there is one for the 3 pickup guitars. Metric switches also have a longer threaded part and I know a Gotoh one must exist because I've had them in 3 pickup MIJ guitars, but how easy to find? I am not certain.

I would probably get the one you linked and just use the deep nut on it.
 

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The short switch is the one with the longer threaded part, but I don't know if there is one for the 3 pickup guitars. Metric switches also have a longer threaded part and I know a Gotoh one must exist because I've had them in 3 pickup MIJ guitars, but how easy to find? I am not certain.

I would probably get the one you linked and just use the deep nut on it.


That is what I did last night. :thumb:
 

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