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The tones from this assembly vary from
nuanced to very obvious in their departure.
I especially love the series/parallel switching
capabilities. When two pickups are combined in a traditional circuit, the connection

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is made via parallel connection - both at the
same point to the circuit, so they "share"
the connection. But in a serial connection,
one pickup is connected to the other and
so forth, so overall volume and output
a re i ncrea sed
subs t a nt i a l ly,
which is quite
noticeable when
overd r ive or
high-gain settings are used.
The polarit y
switching gives

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a range of midrange-rich tones that cut
through a mix.
This mod is a great way to extend the typical
three-pickup palette. Instead of five sounds,
there's 35 - some fantastic, some standard
five-way fare, and some with a more-subjective
appeal. Getting Brian May's tone is easy... if you
have his fingers, guitar, amp, and brain synapses.
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.


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