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Strat wiring mod
Any advice would be very useful.
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However, you have a problem because you have 3 pick-ups. With one pick-up you need a single pole double throw (SPDT) 500k log push pull pot for your volume control. For 2 pick-ups you need a double pole double throw (DPDT) 500k log push pull pot. Both of those are readly available. However, you would need a 3 pole double throw (3PDT) 500k log push pull pot, and this isn't a standard item.
All I could find was a place that offered a 4 pole double throw (4PDT) 500k log push pull pot option as a custom order, but it is expensive. You would only use 3 of the 4 poles, but it would do the job.
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You'd need to select either a 500k or 250k audio taper (type A) pot. 500k is better for the twin coil mode, 250k for single coil mode, 250k would make the twin coil mode a bit darker than normal, but would stop single coil mode from being over-bright.
That pot has no dimensional details, so there's no indication of shaft width or the depth of the pot. Don't assume its a suitable size and similar to a standard guitar pot. email them first asking for dimensions and whether it would be suitable for fitting in a Strat.
It has a solid shaft, so it's not suitable for using with a standard Strat knob, at least not without some adaption - I think I've seen shaft//knob adapter kits around, though again, it's more expense.
You'd probably find a switch a lot cheaper than that switched pot. If you don't want to drill a hole in the original plate, replacement Strat scratchplates are cheap to buy.
Alternatively, you could buy three standard push/pull pots (push/push pots are better IMO) and have each pickup individually tappable. Far more permutations available.
Also - if it's a strat-alike and not a Strat, it's worth measuring the depth of your control cavity to see how much depth you do have to fit a switch. The more poles it has, the more depth it will require.
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Strat single coils are usually 'magnet loaded' (i.e. the magnets are the pole pieces) Humbuckers are usually 'iron loaded' with the magnet between the baseplate and the coil bobbins. This makes them respond very differently as a result your tapped humbuckers will sound nothing like standard Strat single coils.
You may find the sound is to your liking, and the dual rail pickups may sound good when tapped but I would try a temporary mod (switch hanging out from under the scratch plate) before spending money or time.
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