mini-connectors for pickup swaps?

Barnzy

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Just wondering if it is possible to solder mini-leads to a switch and do pickup wire "connectors" for a fast, easy pickup changes. Is this advisable and if so, what connectors could be small enough to use? I would love to give my guitar a little different flavour every once in a while, but really don't want to resolder connections if it's not absolutely necessary. Any advice is welcome....
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Barnzy

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...and if not connectors...is there some kind of a terminal strip that would work well for this?
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Chris Scott

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2-lead Molex (snap-fit polarized) connectors will work fine - like the stuff you'll find on ANY car, motorcycle or even amps.

Auto parts or electronic supply store, poss. even Radio Shack.
 

Jef Bardsley

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I think terminal strips are a good idea, as they'll take bare wires so you can skip a step when installing pickups. Size may be the biggest issue - try to find some for low-voltage applications as the standard ones are made large enough to prevent arcing @ 440V (your basic 3-phase service for heavy industry).
 

Chris Scott

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I think terminal strips are a good idea, as they'll take bare wires so you can skip a step when installing pickups. Size may be the biggest issue - try to find some for low-voltage applications as the standard ones are made large enough to prevent arcing @ 440V (your basic 3-phase service for heavy industry).

...yeah, but if you use the std. ones, then you can use 10-12 gauge wire, for...(wait for it)...




...MOAR TONE!!!:band:aok

I think Jef's idea's probably better though, as repeated swaps with Molex connectors hanging off the switch might come adrift over time, yet flying leads to a terminal strip might just be the ticket, as it's less stuff to get in the way, as well as slightly less mass - maybe 6 of 1, 1/2 dozen of the other?
 

Rockledge

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I have done it before with butt end tube connectors, it worked great. I have also done it on strats with just the jack plate wires and ground to make taking the faceplate off easier.
 

Jef Bardsley

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Our tech once used RCA inline jacks with good results on a Les Paul - they worked well with the braided cable, but were a pain to solder.

Molex connectors are great, but better with the proper crimper and the little tube used to get the pins out.

RJ11s or RJ45s might be good for a Strat as one small connector could handle all three pickups. Again, the proper tool is a plus.

But now you've got me thinking about it, I may try terminal blocks, myself. I've had yards of alligator leads hanging out of my guitars for too long. ;)
(I'm pretty settled on pickups, but I experiment with pots and caps a lot.)
 

John Thigpen

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A Music Man Albert Lee that I used to own had some sort of snapping connectors stock from the factory.
 

Rockledge

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Allparts could probably make some bucks on mini blocks that are made like the spring loaded speaker connects on the back of receivers.
 

m-m-m

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Some EMG (the HZ line and others maybe) have similar quick connectors. The pickup has the male end, and the wires plug into it.
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Quarter

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You can find small polarized quick connectors at most any hobby store that deals in RC gear. They are used a lot for making up battery packs.

Another option is Seymour Duncan's Liberator If a person was so inclined, it would be easy enough to just buy the mini terminal blocks from Mouser, etc and build something standalone.

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m-m-m

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You can find small polarized quick connectors at most any hobby store that deals in RC gear. They are used a lot for making up battery packs.

Another option is Seymour Duncan's Liberator If a person was so inclined, it would be easy enough to just buy the mini terminal blocks from Mouser, etc and build something standalone.

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that's pretty cool!
 

Barnzy

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Wow...I've got some research to do...thanks for all the leads everyone!(...no pun intended....) If anyone else has some ideas, I'd love to see 'em. I really want to follow up with the Music Man Albert Lee "snap connector" solution.
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mullytron

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We used to use these military polarized/hermaphrodite plugs, for signal and ground, and swap Strat guards, I think they were out of helicopters and other aviation electronics.
 




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