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HSS

HSS: Humbucker on the bridge and two single coils (middle and neck)

Overview

Str_HSS

 

HSS1. Standard switching, no Humbucker splitting, Megaswitch S

HSS1A

 

HSS2. Humbucker splitting via pickup selection switch, Megaswitch S

HSS2A

 

HSS3. Humbucker splitting via pickup selection switch, Megaswitch S

HSS3A

 

HSS4. New combinations with Megaswitch E

HSS4A

 

HSS5. New combinations with Megaswitch E

HSS5A

 

Detail drawing

HSS1. Standard switching, no Humbucker splitting, Megaswitch S

On some Stratocaster versions the bridge single coil is replaced by a Humbucker. In switching position 1 this creates a fuller sound with less brightness in the high end, more warmth in the mids and louder basses. erhält man damit einen volleren Sound mit weniger grellen Höhen und mehr warmen Mitten und lauteren Bässen. A Megaswitch S is used here. If a buzz-free sound is required in position 4, both single coils must have opposing magnetic polarity.

 

Switching functions:

HSS1A 

 

Electrical switching principle:

HSS1B

 

Wiring diagram:

HSS1C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge humbucker
2 bridge and mid parallel
3 mid
4 mid and neck parallel
5 neck

Connections
1 mid hot wire
2 neck hot wire
3 bridge hot wire
4 to 8, output
5 tone pot mid
6 tone pot neck
7 -
8 to 4, output
ground all three cold wires

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HSS2. Humbucker splitting via pickup selection switch, Megaswitch S

This is a variation on the HSS1 switching system. In position 2, the Humbucker is split; the outer coil remains in operating mode and the inner coil is short-circuited. This also works with the Megaswitch S. If a buzz-free sound is required in positions 2 and 4, the following magnetic polarity (from the bridge to the neck) is necessary: NS-S-N or SN-N-S.

 

Switching functions:

HSS2A

 

Electrical switching principle:

HSS2B

 

Wiring diagram:

HSS2C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge humbucker
2 bridge outer coil and mid parallel
3 mid
4 mid and neck parallel
5 neck

Connections
1 mid hot wire
2 neck hot wire
3 to 5, bridge hot wire inner coil
4 output
5 to 3, bridge hot wire inner coil
6 -
7 bridge outer coil hot wire and inner coil cold wire
8 -
ground: bridge cold wire outer coil, mid and neck cold wire

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HSS3. Humbucker splitting via pickup selection switch, Megaswitch S

This is a slight variation on the HSS2 switching system. Similar to the HSS2, the Humbucker is split in position 2. Here, the inner coil remains in operating mode. The coil closest to the bridge is short-circuited onto the earth/ground. This also functions with the Megaswitch S. If a buzz-free sound is required in positions 2 and 4, the following magnetic polarity (from the bridge to the neck) is required: NS-N-S or SN-S-N.

 

Switching functions:

HSS3A 

 

Electrical switching principle:

HSS3B

 

Wiring diagram:

HSS3C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge humbucker
2 bridge inner coil and mid parallel
3 mid
4 mid and neck parallel
5 neck

Connections
1 mid hot wire
2 neck hot wire
3 bridge hot wire inner coil
4 output
5 ground
6 -
7 bridge outer coil hot wire and inner coil cold wire
8 -
ground: 5, bridge cold wire outer coil, mid and neck cold wire

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HSS4. New combinations with Megaswitch E

With this switching system, the neck and the bridge pickups in position 3 are in operating mode, although the latter (the bridge pickup) is spilt. The inner coil remains in operating mode and the outer coil is open. In position 2 the Humbucker is split; the outer coil remains in operating mode and the inner coil is short-circuited. This enables a buzz-free sound in positions 1, 2, 3 and 4. The magnetic orientation of the coils (from the bridge to the neck) is required: NS-S-N or SN-N-S. Here, the Megaswitch E is used.

 

Switching functions:

HSS4A

 

Electrical switching principle:

HSS4B

 

Wiring diagram:

HSS4C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge humbucker
2 bridge outer coil and mid parallel
3 bridge inner coil and neck
4 mid and neck parallel
5 neck

Connections
1 mid hot wire
2 neck hot wire
3 output
4 ground
5 -
6 bridge hot wire inner coil and cold wire outer coil
7 bridge hot wire outer coil
ground: 4, all three cold wires

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HSS5. New combinations with Megaswitch E

This is a slight variation on the HSS4 switching system. In position 3 the neck and the bridge pickups are in operating mode, although the latter is split. The outer coil remains in operating mode and the inner coil is open. In position 2 the Humbucker is also split, although here, the inner coil remains in operating mode and the outer coil is short-circuited. This enables a buzz-free sound in positions 1, 2, 3 and 4. The magnetic orientation of the coils (from the bridge to the neck) is required: NS-N-S or SN-S-N. Here, the Megaswitch E is used.

 

Switching functions:

HSS5A

 

Electrical switching principle:

HSS5B

 

Wiring diagram:

HSS5C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge humbucker
2 bridge inner coil and mid parallel
3 bridge outer coil and neck
4 mid and neck parallel
5 neck

Connections
1 mid hot wire
2 neck hot wire
3 output
4 ground
5 -
6 bridge hot wire outer coil and cold wire inner coil
7 bridge hot wire inner coil
ground: 4, bridge cold wire outer coil, mid and neck cold wires

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