is there such a thing as a tone-pot / 3-way switch combo?

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  1. Sir Ricardo

    Sir Ricardo Member

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    Greetings - - -

    Is there such a thing as a combination tone-pot+3-way switch?

    Perhaps a push-pull pot? In one position it's a tone pot, and when you pull it up it also selects between 3 options? (for use with 2 humbuckers)

    any thoughts?

    The way my guitar is laid out is:

    2 humbuckers

    1 volume pot

    1 space for a tone pot

    there is no space for a 3-way switch, so, the space designated for the tone pot will also have to act as the 3-way switch space

    thus, the need for a combo tone/3-way pot

    ideas for such a pot/switch?

    thanks

    SR
     
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  2. Kashmir Oceania

    Kashmir Oceania Supporting Member

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    You can either drill out the hole for a 3-way switch or use a mini-toggle. I'm sure you could have a push-pull pot but it seems unnecessarily complicated.
     
  3. EADGBE

    EADGBE Member

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    How about two push/pull pots?
     
  4. Sir Ricardo

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    I appreciate your replies

    I'm interested in the tone-pot/3-way switch combo

    so, if anyone knows about such as pot / switch, please let me know

    thanks

    SR
     
  5. superstratjunky

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    Post a few pics of your guitar. Front & back if rear rout.
     
  6. atquinn

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    Replace the vol with a stacked pot and use that for tone and vol. Then install a 3-way in the hole.
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  7. groovington

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    This is what I was going to suggest. I believe it's called a concentric pot. In fact it is, something like this should do the trick and free up your other hole for the 3-way switch...

    https://www.allparts.com/EP-4585-000-CTS-250K500K-Concentric-Pot_p_1443.html
     
  8. Da Geezer

    Da Geezer Supporting Member

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    This! Easy to obtain, implement and understand when operating the guitar.

    I've never seen a pot/selector as you describe.
    Doesn't mean it doesn't exist, just I've not come across one in many years of searching for unique switching mechanisms for my amp builds :huh

    G
     
  9. bigtone23

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    Same here, never seen.
     
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  11. atquinn

    atquinn Supporting Member

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    I believe Gibson was selling those for a while, but they no longer do. You can still get the white, blue and red caps for them though :D
    http://techstore.gibson.com/x-series/?sort=featured&page=1
    A dual concentric would probably be a better (and much cheaper) option than something that would be nigh-impossible to replace if it broke. And that's assuming you could get one in the first place.
    It is a cool idea though. Maybe Stewmac will make them someday along with their Free-way switches.
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  12. spookyelectric

    spookyelectric Supporting Member

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    Is this a homebrew build? I'm trying to think of a stock guitar that has 2 humbuckers, volume pot and tone pot but DOESN'T have a way to switch between the 2 humbuckers.
     
  13. geodr

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    This question could also apply to the Squier 51, which has one pot for volume, and another for three way pickup selector, but no tone pot...
     

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