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style bit. I lined them up to run along the slot
cut for the five-way. After the assembly was
installed, its washers and nuts covered the slot
between the holes.
4) The assembly fit neatly in to place, and
each switch was secured with a washer and
retaining nut. Prior to installing it, I made sure
the switch wouldn't contact other pots, which
could create a short or ground.
5) After installing the Volume and Tone pots,
I pulled pickup wires through the access holes
into the cavity. My pickups each had two lead
wires, and the connections on the assembly are
the solderless push-style terminals.

6) It's always best to remove a component
prior to soldering, but there are times when
it's necessary to leave it on. To protect from
drips, I use a piece of cardboard large enough
to cover the area. Using an awl, I punch a hole
through the center large enough to feed wires
through, and stray drops of rosin or solder
fall harmlessly on the cardboard instead of
the guitar's finish.
7) Dressing or "tinning" the wire leads is
a quick, easy way to protect the wires. A thin
layer of solder applied to an exposed lead
can reduce the heat required to connect the
wire to a potentiometer terminal or circuit

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board, and keep it from breaking or bending
during stress.
8) Tinned leads are also easier to get into
the push-connector terminals. The assembly
has just eight connection points - two each for
the three pickups and, an output positive, and
ground terminal. I strip the leads back only
about 1/8" because the compression terminals
are very small. I was very careful to not get
surrounding insulation wrap in the terminals,
which can cause intermittent signal or no
signal at all.
9) Once the wires were connected, I used a
multimeter to test continuity.


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