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(@cposten)
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Hey,
I recently tried to wire my squire p51 with a volume pot for each pickup. Problem is when one pot it turned down the sound is completely killed. Doesn't matter which lot. I tried gettin a stereo input jack but that only lets one pot work or has it doing the same thing like I said before. The humbucker is wired in parallel.basically looking for any help at all. I'd like to have it where I could blend the 2 or turn 1 pickup of completely. Thanks for your time


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(@ezraplaysezra)
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I think, and I haven't had time to try this, you'll want to follow a Jazz Bass like schematic - sending each pickup to the sweeper (center tab) then ganging the first tabs from each pot to each other and on to the hot post on the out-put jack. third tabs grounded to the case and to ground. That's what I would do if I expected a volume volume set up. I might be wrong and I have some other ideas as well. Another option would be the first pickup like an LP and the second like a blender pot - which would give you, essentially 1 master volume and one blender that brings the other pickup into the circuit. I'll work on this one - let me know how the first one works (I think it will) but if it doesn't reply here -
Also, are you willing to cheat? You could hide a toggle under the plate in the fixed middle position. That would be pretty simple.


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(@cposten)
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I'll try that later today (day off). Actually never thought to hide a toggle. Would prefer not to but it's a great idea for a last resort. Thanks again and I'll post when I get it rewired to let you know how things went.


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(@cposten)
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I think, and I haven't had time to try this, you'll want to follow a Jazz Bass like schematic - sending each pickup to the sweeper (center tab) then ganging the first tabs from each pot to each other and on to the hot post on the out-put jack. third tabs grounded to the case and to ground. That's what I would do if I expected a volume volume set up. I might be wrong and I have some other ideas as well. Another option would be the first pickup like an LP and the second like a blender pot - which would give you, essentially 1 master volume and one blender that brings the other pickup into the circuit. I'll work on this one - let me know how the first one works (I think it will) but if it doesn't reply here -
Also, are you willing to cheat? You could hide a toggle under the plate in the fixed middle position. That would be pretty simple.
Thanks man! She works beautifully. Had to screw around with different pots and sub in all new wires but it works. Thanks again man.


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(@ezraplaysezra)
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Good, I wired one up the vintage jazz bass way last night and it worked really well - I see what you did the first time too and it was an easy mistake. But, researching this I stumbled onto a one humbucker wirring that allowed me to use the tone pot to dial the coils from single coil to full bucker - splitting without a switch and it variable! Very cool. I'm going to try it with some different values on the tone pot but its a good project - so, thank you as well.


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(@cposten)
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Good, I wired one up the vintage jazz bass way last night and it worked really well - I see what you did the first time too and it was an easy mistake. But, researching this I stumbled onto a one humbucker wirring that allowed me to use the tone pot to dial the coils from single coil to full bucker - splitting without a switch and it variable! Very cool. I'm going to try it with some different values on the tone pot but its a good project - so, thank you as well.
That's pretty awesome. Can I bother you for the link?


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Sorry I got logged off and couldn't get back on. My new password was going to my spam pile. This link will do it and its a better name then "the splitter pot" I was using. Same idea as I was using just a little different. This is better and I'm going to change it. BTW I tried a 1 meg w/ a 1meg resistor and I like it for the pot so far but I think I'm going to remove the resistor and just use a 1 meg B pot. http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/choosing-installing/tech-tips/spinasplit/


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(@cposten)
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Beautiful. Can't wait to get outta work tomorrow fire up the old solderin iron and start screwin around with different buckers. Thanks again man.


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well i did that on an old guitar from the 40s that i added two pickups to but didnt want two sets of controls so what i did was add a blend pot instead of a volume pot. works great and does what your looking to do


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