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  • Single conductor Humbuckers with a 5 way switch?

    Does anyone have a wiring diagram for 2 humbuckers with single conductors, 1 volume, 1 tone, with a 5 way switch (import)?

    I have a set of Seth Lover single conductor pickups that I would like to install in my hotrod Strat. The stock humbuckers that are currently installed have 4 conductors, is it even possible to use these pickups in this configuration?

    Attached is a crudely drawn diagram of the current wiring.

    http://i.imgur.com/NV1VkaC.jpg
    Last edited by SwayzeExpress; 08-13-2017, 02:50 PM.

  • #2
    I don't know what you mean by single conductor. Every pickup needs at least two conductors in order to form a complete circuit. Do you have a single lead with two conductors, perhaps a shielded coaxial lead (a center conductor and a conducting shield surrounding it)?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by isaac42 View Post
      I don't know what you mean by single conductor. Every pickup needs at least two conductors in order to form a complete circuit. Do you have a single lead with two conductors, perhaps a shielded coaxial lead (a center conductor and a conducting shield surrounding it)?

      Thanks for responding.
      What I mean is that my new pickups only have one connection https://porterpickups.files.wordpres...07/braided.jpg
      while my current pickups have 5 https://porterpickups.files.wordpres...ctorwiring.jpg

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      • #4
        Okay, I see. Yes, that is a two-conductor cable, the center wire being one and the braided shield being the other.

        Your two-conductor wire is the same as if the green and white leads were soldered together and taped off, not connected to anything else. The center wire is the same as the black wire, and the braided shield is the same as the red and bare wires soldered together. From your diagram, it looks as though it would work in place of the neck pickup, but not the bridge, which uses the four wires separately.
        "The Web puts all of the world's knowledge at our fingertips; unfortunately it's mixed with all of the world's bull****************."
        -- Bob Parks

        "A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it."
        -- Oscar Wilde

        "No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true."
        -- Oscar Wilde

        "It is a trap of history to believe that eyewitnesses remember accurately what they have lived through."
        -- Theodore White

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        • #5
          Humbuckers with 4 or 5 wires allow you access to each coil in the humbucker as a separate single coil pickup and can be wired to switch in series like a normal two wire humbucker, individually as single coils, or parallel. this gives you numerous switching combinations

          Standard HB's (Two wire/Hot and shield) Only allow 3 way switching. Position #1. Bridge only #2. Bridge and Neck #3. Neck only.

          You cant get any more configuration from the pickups themselves so a 5 way switch is useless to you unless you had a 3rd pickup and wired it like a standard strat.

          You can either install a 3 way switch or get creative using some caps as high pass/low pass filters, but there are no other pickup coil configurations to add to the switch. You cant even run the coils in series because you cant put shielded wire in series without massive amounts of hum. The only config you have is a standard Les Paul Wiring configuration. Of course, if the pickups sound good, that's all any decent guitarist needs.

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