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knob to be turned all the way backward in order
to select the bridge pickup alone, and rolling it all
the way forward selects the neck pickup alone.
9) The black main output wire connects the
upper terminal leads to the master Volume
and Tone controls. The blue ground wire is
connected to the two pickup's ground leads
as well as the ground wire from the rest of the
circuit. A small bit of shrink-wrap prevents
accidental grounding or shorts.
10) To lessen interference with the player, I
used a small, low-profile Bakelite knob. The
control offers an almost-infinite blend of both
pickups, from the bright twangy thunk of the
bridge to the deep, mellow thud of the neck.
The pot has a center detent, for easy access to an
exact 50/50 position. It's easy to use, fascinating
to hear! I tucked the stock three-way switch in
the case and the wiring can quickly be put back
to factory spec.
This sort of mod makes an instrument far
more versatile, and that's never a bad thing - for
the tiny price of one potentiometer and a couple
minutes of time!
Will Kelly is a guitarist, repairman, and the author of
How to Build Electric Guitars. He operates Hard Knocks
Guitars in Cary, North Carolina, where he has played host
to countless artists, instruments and amplifiers. You can
contact him at WillKelly@nc.rr.com.