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Wiring a Strat with TWO VOLUMES

SupDude

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2 volumes, 1 tone. How different is this than wiring up a normal Strat? I can't seem to find a wiring guide for it, but I know it's been done.

Also if anyone has this it'd be great to hear about how it sounds, or if it's a terrible idea.

I'm open to suggestions
 

dazco

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Look at a LP schematic. They have 2. But with a strat you have 3 pickups so you have to describe exactly what you intend....2 pickups on one volume and the 3rd on it's own or what?
 

supernosher

Senior Member
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why not 3 volumes and a tone blade switch?

pickups -> vol pot -> switch -> output jack or (tone control -> output jack)

Whichever pickups will share one of the volume pots is up to you.
 

SupDude

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Yeah I want to be able to dial them in like a Les Paul.

I was thinking Middle and Neck on one of the volumes, and then Bridge on the other. Then of course just a master tone
 

R13D

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2 volumes, 1 tone. How different is this than wiring up a normal Strat? I can't seem to find a wiring guide for it, but I know it's been done.

Also if anyone has this it'd be great to hear about how it sounds, or if it's a terrible idea.

I'm open to suggestions
I have a Strat wired with 2 volumes,one master tone,three position switch.The middle PU is not wired to the switch as it now has it's own volume.I think the main + to this wiring is you get the neck+bridge and all three on in addition to the usual 5 selections.It was an easy wire up.I did this a while back but I think I got the schematic from Novak Guitars.Hope this helps.
 

SupDude

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Thanks jmax. That definitely helps. so I could just do it the same exact way, but use all 250k correct? That's the set up I want, one volume for neck and middle, the other for bridge, and then the master tone
 

jmax

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Thanks jmax. That definitely helps. so I could just do it the same exact way, but use all 250k correct? That's the set up I want, one volume for neck and middle, the other for bridge, and then the master tone
If they're all 3 single-coils, yes.

But if you have a HB, run it through a 500k volume at least. Sounds much better.
 

23f

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IM going to wire one with a vol for the bridge pup and a vol for the neck pup and a master tone.........just thought i give my 2 cents. been talking to Mick Manlius of Manlius pickups about it and he thinks its a great idea
 

Scumback Speakers

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Thanks jmax. That definitely helps. so I could just do it the same exact way, but use all 250k correct? That's the set up I want, one volume for neck and middle, the other for bridge, and then the master tone
Jack Briggs sent me a wiring diagram for that exact setup. Put it in my Strat, works great with a .047 Bumble Bee cap and WCR SR pickups. If you want that diagram, shoot me an email and I'll send it to you.
 

Stevocaster

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Thought I'd dig this post up to find out if you got to try that setup. I think this is exactly what I want to do to my guitar.
 

dunara

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I've got one of mine wired for three volumes - never used a guitar mounted tone control in my life.
 




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