Deaf Eddie's Collection

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This page has links to a collection of drawings I have created
(they look better when printed out "LANDSCAPE" than viewed in your browser)

PLEASE NOTE! I ALWAYS use the Seymour Duncan color code in my humbucker drawings.
I typically do NOT show the bare wire/fifth conductor in the lead bundle of most four-conductor pickups. This bare wire is the ground/shield for the baseplate, cover, and all other metal parts of the pickup, and it should ALWAYS be soldered to ground and NEVER switched, regardless of what mod/scheme you are wiring.
When possible I like to shunt one pup to the slug coil and one the screw coil to keep a noise-canceling pair when the pups are played together.
And, just because that's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it, I turn the bridge pup around 180 degrees, so that the slug coil is closest to the bridge. That makes the inner coils a noise-canceling pair when I shunt them as described above. That's where you get the best quack - playing the two coils closest together.

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In response to a few requests...
Here's my pronouncements of what's what - also known as, "Don't confuse me with the facts!"
A brief discussion of connecting pickups in parallel and/or series: Parallel and Series
A brief discussion of connecting pickups in and out of phase: Phase Options
A brief discussion of coil-wiring options: Which is which? Shunt? Split? Tapped?
An elaboration regarding coil shunts: Coil Shunts
Don't know the color-coding of your humbuckers's leads? Here's a little help: Unknown color code
A bit more on "custom" pups and Strat mods: Custom pickups in yer Strat
Even MORE Strat stuff: RW/RP pickups and wiring mods: Reverse wound/reverse polarity?
A brief discussion of "quack": What IS Quack, Anyway???
Before you do a series or phase mod on a Tele: Unground/reground the metal cover
Troubleshooting techniques - how can I test this mess?: Simple troubleshooting tests

... and in conclusion...

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Here's an idea that has become popular for two-humbucker-axes with two volumes and two tones,
the master volume mod. I have created instructions to help you do it two different ways:

Here's the mod as I did it on my Epi Sheraton (the Urban Ruffian):
Urban Ruffian Master Volume Mod

... And here's one drawn up for a slightly different request:
Keep-the-pup-volumes-where-they-are Master Volume Mod

Please e-mail me if you have any questions or comments!


And now, here they are, the stars of the show:

THE SWITCHES!


Gibson-style wiring drawings
Here are the most common types of humbucker leads:

The dreaded, vintage-style external-braided-shield lead from Gibson

Seymour Duncan four-conductor humbucker

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DiMarzio four-conductor humbucker

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Vintage Vibe four-conductor humbucker

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Gibson four-conductor humbucker

Some more info on Gibson humbuckers...

Check Seymour Duncan's color code chart for some popular pickups...

Check out ALL the humbucker drawings before you start, to get a feel for my "drawing conventions."

PLEASE NOTE! I ALWAYS use the Seymour Duncan color code in my humbucker drawings.
I typically do NOT show the bare wire/fifth conductor in the lead bundle of most four-conductor pickups. This bare wire is the ground/shield for the baseplate, cover, and all other metal parts of the pickup, and it should ALWAYS be soldered to ground, regardless of what switching mods you are wiring.

All the drawings will look better when printed out "LANDSCAPE" than viewed in your browser - I STRONGLY recommend that you download and print them out, rather than attempt to work from the computer screen.

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Two Humbuckers, Gibson-style braided-shield leads, Gibson volume pot scheme
two volumes, two tones

Two Humbuckers, Gibson-style braided-shield leads, Epiphone volume pot scheme
two volumes, two tones

Two Humbuckers, four-conductor leads (Seymour Duncan color code)
two volumes, two tones


Now, some fun with push/pull pots!


Two Humbuckers, four conductor leads, one push/pull:
... coil-shunt (split) both pups
... series/parallel the bridge pup's coils
... Phase reverse
... series/out of phase

Two Humbuckers, four conductor leads, two push/pulls:
... both pups coil-shunt, series/parallel the bridge pup's coils
... coil-shunts, phase reverse
... coil-shunts, pups in series
... coil-shunts, series/out of phase
... phase reverse, pups in series

Two Humbuckers, four conductor leads, three push/pulls:
... coil shunts, series/parallel the bridge pup's coils, series/out of phase

Two humbuckers, four push/pulls:
... coils in series, parallel, or shunt; pups in series/out of phase.
This is how my ES-333 is wired for Twenty pup combos!
...... The TONE CHART

The DEAF EDDIE unofficial versions of the "Jimmy Page" mod:
NOTE: With my versions, you get all the same pup combos, but you can use an import-style (Epi!) pup selector.
The tones ARE in slightly different locations from the "real" deal - oh well!

... Drawing #1 With "Gibson" style interactive wiring on the volume pots
... Drawing #2 Same as above, but with non-interactive volume pots
...... The TONE CHART for the above schemes
... Drawing #3 MY rethink of the JP four push/pull mod: You get ONE MORE COMBO!
...... The TONE CHART

Update, 2020...
So, after years of fooling around with four push/pull ideas,
I've settled on this scheme, which I used in my Les Paul Classic.
I developed this one in an axe I called the Junkyard Dawg - it went through several versions before I settled on this one - (the drawing)
24 different switch combinations... The TONE CHART

Note that in the drawing, it shows the bridge pickup rotated 180 degrees, so that the slug coil is now closest to the bridge, and the screw coil is the inside coil on that pickup.. This makes the inside and outside pairs (when in coil shunt) noise cancelling. To give it that extra "Deaf Eddie" touch on my Les Paul Classic, instead of rotating the bridge pickup, I reversed the polarity of the magnet and wiring on the neck pickup, so that I still get the noise cancelling inside and outside coils, but the orientation of the coils looks standard. If you're interested, I can post the modified wiring, showing the neck pup wired out of phase - so that it plays IN phase, with its flipped magnet.


Fender-style wiring drawings

Some of these are explained in more detail on the "Fun With Push/Pull Pots" page


For Teles...

... A stock Tele scheme
... One push/pull - series
... One push/pull - out of phase
... One push/pull - series out of phase
... My "Five-Tone-Tele" scheme


For Strats...

Some common Strat 5-way pup selectors

... A stock Strat scheme
... One push/pull - series two pups with the third
... One push/pull - series all three pickups (yikes!)
... Two push/pulls - neck-bridge series, bridge-mid series, all three series
... Convert Strat to master tone


NEW! For Double Fat Strats (and Teles)...

... A "stock" Double-FAT Strat scheme
... A Double-FAT Strat Five-Tone scheme
... A Double-FAT Strat Five-Tone PLUS scheme
...... One push/pull coils shunts both pickups

... The Five Tone Tele scheme with a PRS twist Double-FAT Tele MAX!
...... TWO push/pulls: shunts both pickups for inside coils, outside coils, and coils-parallel

... A Double-FAT Strat Five-Tone scheme with TWO volume controls
... A Double-FAT Strat Five-Tone scheme with TWO volume controls
...... with a master tone and two push/pull coil shunts
... A Double-FAT Strat scheme to get the PRS pup combos

... PRS pup combos redrawn for a Double-FAT Tele


PLEASE NOTE! I ALWAYS use the Seymour Duncan color code in my humbucker drawings.
I typically do NOT show the bare wire/fifth conductor in the lead bundle of most four-conductor pickups. This bare wire is the ground/shield for the baseplate, cover, and all other metal parts of the pickup, and it should ALWAYS be soldered to ground and NEVER switched, regardless of what mod/scheme you are wiring.
When possible I like to shunt one pup to the slug coil and one the screw coil to keep a noise-canceling pair when the pups are played together.
All the drawings will look better when printed out "LANDSCAPE" than viewed in your browser - I STRONGLY recommend that you print them out, rather than attempt to work from the computer screen.


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