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I am looking for a schematic to wire an HSS Strat as follows:

  • Volume for bridge with push/pull DPDT series/parallel switch
  • Volume for middle and neck pickups
  • Master tone
  • 5 way selector:

    1. Bridge
    2. Bridge and middle
    3. Bridge and neck
    4. Middle and neck
    5. Neck

Is the 5 way wiring possible with a standard 5 way switch, or is a super switch needed? A detailed diagram would be very helpful, I have been searching the web for house but can not find anything this specific.

  • For series/parallel, which two pickups do you want that to affect? Note that when you go series, it will force both pickups into the signal path regardless of the pickup selector. – Todd Wilcox Aug 13 '18 at 2:34
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The circuit you are describing is not specifically doable with a regular 5 way switch and regular potentiometers, as far as I can see. It is possible with a super switch or something that's able to make multiple separate poles of connection at each point, but another big problem to solve is the separate volumes for (bridge) and (middle + neck) without mixing the signals first.

To handle the separate bridge and middle/neck volumes, you could have a dual-gang stereo potentiometer, which would act as your middle/neck volume, and keep each signal separate before the switching. It then becomes a pretty simple circuit. I also am guessing you wanted the DPDT switch on the bridge volume to switch between series and parallel hum bucking on the bridge pickup, rather series/parallel in relation to another pickup (multiple pickups switched together are normally always parallel).

I drew up the circuit but I'm in the process of moving and don't know where any of my colored pens are:

self-drawn circuit picture

The above diagram also assumes Seymour Duncan style wire colors for the humbucker.

One complicated bit here would be the volume/series/parallel switch, especially since my diagram is not in color, but there's a number of good images for that out on the internet, one of which you can find here.

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