Fender SC PU Wiring Question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by wavey63, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. wavey63

    wavey63 Member

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    I have a set of 57/62's and was wondering if how to tell if they are wired in series or paralel?
     
  2. Chikn

    Chikn Gold Supporting Member

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    Not sure how you mean it, but 1) They're single-coils, so there is no series/parallel. 2) If you wire them in the normal strat fashion, the two-pickup combinations on the 5-way switch are parallel. HTH
     
  3. Mike9

    Mike9 Supporting Member

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    Do you mean "is the middle pickup RWRP"? just look at the solder points on the bobbin. If the white and black wires are all on the same sides then it's a straight wound set. I've been using these more and more lately - I really like the way they sound in the #2 & #4 positions as opposed to RWRP. I think the quack is more genuine - just like Leo designed them.
     
  4. Chikn

    Chikn Gold Supporting Member

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    The reason they weren't RW/RP is because they were meant to be used one at a time. Until 1977, Strats had a 3-position switch, which didn't allow for the in-between sounds. Many Japanese copies had been using 5-position switches for several years by that time. Leo Fender preferred the sound of one pickup at a time, which is why Strats (and in to some degree Teles) couldn't mix pickups.
     
  5. wavey63

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    I guess I should explain my intentions so that there is a bit less confusion. I want to add a switch for each PU's phase a'la Brian May and noticed that all of the diagrams I came up with had the PU's in series. I already have it somewhat planned out with a 5way and an on/off to add B/n and B/M/N already installed but wanted to add the phase for the May sound. I kinda feel sleazv trying to mimmic another ones way of business but really want to add that May overtone to my setup. I was also going to try if with stacked HB's but decided against it as I have heard that they pickups can get weak sounding. Again, an help would be delicious!?!:horse
     

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