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So, like, like here's a dill, hey . . . [Oct. 17th, 2016|03:44 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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Don' fergit, OK?

1) I noticed that on two-pickup Danelectro guitars, when the pickup switch is in the middle position (both pickups on) the sound is noticeably louder, to the point of being distracting or even annoying.  This is because the pickups are wired in series and the simple SPDT selector switch just shorts one or the other out.  I once designed a blend pot arrangement that would cut the output of each pickup by 3dB when centered so that both pickups on would be the same volume as one or the other on by itself.

2) Some goombah on StewMac's website was complaining that their 4-way Tele super switch did put the pickups in series in position 4, as advertised, but when they were in series, they were out of phase.

"Hmmmm . . .," I said to myself, that might not be the most terriblest idea anyone ever had.  You could get a characteristically chwinky sound from the out-of-phaseness, but with the pickups in series, the increased volume might compensate some for the drop in volume you generally get when you put similar sources out of phase.

Anyway, the part we don't want to fergit is that when you put pickups out of phase to achieve chwinky tone, try putting them in series, too, and stand back.  It could be amazing.  Believe me; it could be.

[Upon actually looking at the action of the StewMac switch, it's difficult to see how he could have the pickups out of phase in series if they weren't out of phase in parallel as well, so maybe you can't get that effect with this switch?]

[No, you can't.  You need a different switch.  A five-way mega-Strat switch will give you all that and a spare position for in-parallel/out-of-phase or in-series/in-phase?  Some say that's too complicated; mindless mucicians will never figure it out.  Do they need to?  Just pu the switch where it make the most autistic sense.]