Tele 3-way PU selector wiring

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  1. BCRich86

    BCRich86 Member

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    I bought one of the ebay, I'm rebuilding an old up BC Rich Tele (yeah I know BC Rich Tele???), anyway, if the pins on the selector look like this:

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

    1 & 2 are the neck hot
    7 & 8 are the bridge hot
    4 & 5 are the out to the vol. pot.

    Is 3 and 6 where I connect the ground from the pickups?
    I don't know how I should be grounding this thing, any help out there?

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  2. Jim Collins

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    Connect the pickup grounds to the volume pot casing.
     
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    but don't I have to ground the switch itself?
     
  4. Jim Collins

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    The switch will be grounded by virtue of its being bolted to the control plate. Besides, even if you had to ground the switch, seperately, lugs 3 and 6 would not serve that function.

    This switch is a DPTT (double pole, triple throw) switch, which means there are two, independent, triple-throw switches built into the same switching mechanism. Lugs 1 through 4 comprise one of the poles, and lugs 5 through 8 comprise the second pole. Lug 4 is the common lug for the first pole, and lug 5 is the common lug for the second pole. When the switch is in position 1, lug 1 is connected to lug 4, and lug 6 is connected to lug 5. When the switch is in position 2, lug 2 is connected to lug 4, and lug 7 is connected to lug 5. When the switch is in position 3, lug 3 is connected to lug 4, and lug 8 is connected to lug 5.

    Assume each pickup has its ground wire connected to the volume pot casing (ground). In position 1, only the neck's hot lead is sent to the volume pot input, which means only the neck pickup is in the circuit. In position 2, the neck's hot is sent to the volume pot input, along with the bridge's hot, which gives you both pickups in parallel. In position 3, only the bridge's hot is sent the volume pot input. Lugs 3 and 6 are empty, because you do not want anything else sent in the circuit, in positions 1 and 3.
     
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