I recently finished a 3 stringer with 2 pickups controlled by 2 volume pots,instead of a 3 way switch.Thanks to David L.for telling me about this idea (Stracciatella Mod). I used the coils from 2 Gitty Gold Foil pickups.Diodes are soldered between each pot and the jack. Instead of soldering my grounds to the back of the pots, I flattened a piece "tin" from a can and mounted the pots thru the metal and tied all the grounds together with a bolt. It made a nice clean connection.

Just realized the Neck and Bridge #'s are reversed on the 1st 2 titles in the video

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Comment by Jerry Jordan on January 26, 2017 at 1:05pm

Neat Idea.,.,never seen diodes used this way.,,I have seen a single pot act as a blend / pan knob for a 2 pickup setup.,., love the use of kite string here.,.,cool build.,.,and now I see whats under that goldfoil cover .,.,xcellent.,.,!!

Comment by Joe Caruso on January 25, 2017 at 11:57am

Ditto - thanks for the diagram!

Comment by Mr.melo on April 3, 2016 at 7:52pm

sounds really great

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Comment by jeff weins on April 1, 2016 at 3:26pm

Jeffrey, I'll see what I can come up with this weekend. It will be pretty crude tho, hopefully get you pointed in the right direction. jeff

Comment by Paul Craig on April 1, 2016 at 1:27pm

The one thing negative about this setup is a lack of hum cancellation when playing both pickups. That's a matter of taste though, some people prefer the non-parallel/hum cancelling sound with both pickups being played with their brighter tone.

Comment by Bullet Head Jeffrey on April 1, 2016 at 10:18am
For us newbies, could you create a wiring diagram? This looks like an awesome idea!
Comment by Paul Craig on March 31, 2016 at 3:32pm

Correct. It's a good way to go if you don't have room for a toggle switch, don't want one or don't have one and still be able to isolate the signal to just one pup at a time if wanted.

Comment by JL on March 31, 2016 at 7:09am

and vice versa

Comment by JL on March 31, 2016 at 7:08am

diodes are 'one way valves' for electricity, like a check-valve for water. 

it stops the bridge pickup's signal from going out of its pot and backwards into the neck pickup's pot.  otherwise both pots end up controlling the volume for both pickups at the same time and you can't turn one down without it also turning down the other one.

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