what is the SPDT switch doing? or more importantly what do you want it to do? is it a kill switch? a phase reversal switch?
just watched the video a couple of times. the output of the switch goes to the same place as the output of lug 4 so in the modded circuit you have made the switch goes to the output jack.
Thanks Timothy.That makes sense!
And your right. I should explain what's happening here. With the normal five way switch your pickup selections are bridge, bridge + mid, mid, mid + neck and neck. With the SPDT or 'on on' switch in the upper on position you get bridge, bridge + mid, mid, all three pickups and neck + bridge.
good luck. need a sound bite of the mod working..
Will do Timothy! I'll be able to wire up the box without that switch. Add it when it comes in. Should be in about a week.
More changes. First thanks again Timothy. You helped me understand something I was overlooking. Now i know I can keep all the spaghetti on one side of the guitar. Which helps because I added to the spaghetti.
Removed jump between side A and side B of the five way switch.
The SPDT switch. Or switch between two on positions. In the first schematic I had the output of the pickup going to the output pole on the small switch. This would make the switch always hot. Changed that to one side hot one cold. So the output of the pickup would only make the switch hot when switched into that position. The output now goes to the input of the bridge when selected. Adding that pickup.
All volum pots are now wired for independent control.
Tone control. Because the 1950's tone control is a bit brighter sounding I added a second SPDT switch. This one will select between two Cap values. 0.47 and 0.66. Two 0.33 caps wired in series will net me 0.66 and make an over all darker tone.
Reason for rewiring the Rusty Rat Box.
Because I don't have a no load pot the wiring has always been a bit wonky. The neck and bridge pickup are always on at the same time. Yes I could buy a no load pot and wire it in. But it wouldn't be as fun. :) And with the choice of cap values on the tone I can have a darker sound. May even make the bridge pickup usable. Because I've always hated the sound of a strat's bridge pickup.
New wiring schematic
If you use a SPDT 3-way switch on/off/on wiring the caps from tone to a side of the switch and then middle switch lug to jack, you get .66 on one side - .47 on the other side - middle would be no tone circuit/volume only like a no load tone pot.
Switches came in today! But I'm going to hold off on this mod till after Christmas. Christmas is at my house so I have a lot of stuff to get done. Family and friends gotta come first.