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Megaswitch M

You can use Megaswitch M for the following switching positions:

SSS4

This is another version of the SSS2 and the SSS3. The connections and resultant sounds in positions 1, 2, 4 and 5 the same as usual. In position 3 however, the bridge and neck pickups are switched in series. This creats a fuller, softer sound than parallel switching. This configuration requires the Megaswitch M. It is advisable here to connect the two tone controls to the neck and bridge pickups. If a reduction in the high frequencies is required in position 3, both tone controls must be adjusted accordingly. When the magnetic orientation is S-N-S or N-S-N, positions 2 and 4 are buzz-free. If a buzz-free sound is required in position 3 however, this can be obtained by exchanging the neck and the middle pickups, which in turn results in a buzzing sound in position 2. A buzz-free sound can also be obtained in position 3 by exchanging the middle and bridge pickups, which makes position 4 buzz.

 

SSS4A

 

SSS4B

SSS4C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge
2 bridge and mid parallel
3 bridge and neck in series
4 mid and neck parallel
5 neck

Connections
A to B, N, P, ground
B to A, N, P, ground
C to U
D -
E -
F neck cold wire
G -
H to J, V, W, output
I -
J to H, V, W, output
K -
L mid hot wire
M -
N to A, B, P, ground
O -
P to A, B, N, ground
Q -
R mid cold wire
S -
T -
U to C
V to H, J, W, output
W to H, J, V, output
X bridge hot wire
ground: A, B, N, P, bridge cold wire

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SSS5

This version enables a number of configurations, including three different switching-in-series positions.

Position 1: Bridge pickup only.
Position 2: Bridge and middle pickup in series
Position 3: Bridge and neck pickups in series
Position 4: Middle and neck pickups in series
Position 5: Neck pickup only

This configuration range requires the Megaswitch M. When the connections between O und U are not made, all three pickups are switched in series in position 3. Just one tone control is advisable here. The following magnetic orientation creates a buzz-free sound in positions 2 and 4: S-N-S or N-S-N. When a buzz-free sound is required in position 3, the neck and middle pickup should be exchanged, which in turn creates buzz in position 2. Another solution is to exchange the middle and bridge pickups which creates buzz in position 4 however.

 

SSS5A

 

SSS5B

SSS5C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge
2 bridge and mid in series
3 bridge and neck in series
4 mid and neck in series
5 neck

Connections
M to T and ground
N -
O to U
P to W, neck hot wire, output
Q -
R mid hot wire and neck cold wire
S -
T to M and ground
U to O
V -
W to P, neck hot wire, output
X bridge hot wire and mid cold wire
ground: M, T, bridge cold wire

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HH5

Here, the Humbuckers are split in position 2 and 4, although the outer coils remain in active mode. By reversing the coil connections, it is also equally possible to configure both inner coils, or one inner and one outer coil in active mode. A buzz-free sound can be obtained by making a north pole and a South Pole coil work together. The Megaswitch M is ideal for this purpose.

 

HH5A

 

HH5B

HH5C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge humbucker
2 bridge outer coil
3 both humbuckers parallel
4 neck outer coil
5 neck humbucker

Connections
M to O, neck hot wire inner coil
N neck cold wire inner coil and hot wire outer coil
O to M, neck hot wire inner coil
P -
Q -
R to X, output
S -
T -
U to W, bridge hot wire inner coil
V bridge hot wire outer coil and cold wire inner coil
W to U, bridge hot wire inner coil
X to R, output
ground: neck and bridge cold wire outer coil

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HH6

This is a variation on the HH5. Here, both Humbuckers are split in position 3. The sound is brighter as a result. By reversing the coil connections, it is equally possible to make both inner coils or an inner coil and an outer one to remain in operating mode. A buzz-free sound can be obtained when a north pole coil and a south pole coil remain active. The Megaswitch M is ideal for this purpose.

 

HH6A

 

HH6B

HH6C

Connections:

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

Connections
M neck hot wire inner coil
N to O, neck cold wire inner coil and hot wire outer coil
O to N, neck cold wire inner coil and hot wire outer coil
P -
Q -
R to X, output
S -
T -
U to V, bridge hot wire outer coil and cold wire inner coil
V to U, bridge hot wire outer coil and cold wire inner coil
W bridge hot wire inner coil
X to R, output
ground: neck and bridge cold wire outer coils

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HH8

Here, the coils of the Humbucker are switched parallel in positions 2 and 4. All positions are buzz-free. The Megaswitch M is ideal for this purpose.

 

HH8A

 

HH8B

 

HH8C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge humbucker in series
2 bridge humbucker parallel
3 both humbuckers (each in series) parallel
4 neck humbucker parallel
5 neck humbucker in series

Connections
A -
B -
C to  E and V, bridge hot wire outer coil
D to H and ground
E to C and V, bridge hot wire outer coil
F bridge cold wire inner coil
G to I and T, neck hot wire inner coil
H to D and ground
I to G and T, neck hot wire inner coil
J -
K -
L neck cold wire outer coil
M to N and O, neck hot wire outer coil
N to M and O neck hot wire outer coil
O to N and M, neck hot wire outer coil
P to Q and U, bridge hot wire inner coil
Q to P and U, bridge hot wire inner coil
R to X and output
S -
T to G and I, neck hot wire inner coil
U to P and Q, bridge hot wire inner coil
V to C and E, bridge hot wire outer coil
W -
X to R and output
ground: D, H, neck cold wire inner coil, bridge cold wire outer coil

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HSH6

In this switching system two coils are connected in series at a time. All positions are free of hum when the magnetic polarity is NS-S-SN or SN-N-NS. Here a Megaswitch M is in use.

 

HSH6A

 

HSH6B

HSH6C

Connections:

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

Connections
A -
B -
C to I
D to V
E -
F bridge hot wire outer coil and cold wire inner coil
G to T and ground
H to N
I to C
J to O, W, neck hot wire outer coil and output
K -
L mid hot wire and neck cold wire inner coil
M -
N to HH
O to J and W, neck hot wire outer coil and output
P-
Q -
R neck hot wire inner coil and cold wire outer coil
S -
T to G and ground
U -
V to D
W to J, O, neck hot wire outer coil and output
X bridge hot wire inner coil, mid cold wire
ground: G, T, bridge cold wire outer coil

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HS4

This switching system is for guitars wiht a Humbucker on the bridge and a single coil on the neck and allows both pickups to be switched in series which creates a lowder, fuller sound. Here, the Humbuckers can be split while the outer coil remains active. The inner coil is short-circuited. If a buzz-free sound is required in position 4, the magnetic polarity must be either NS-S or SN-N. The neck pickup has to be a symmetrical type, as in Figure 1 or Figure 3 in the introduction, i.e. the wire windings should not be connected to a metal cap. Here, the Megaswitch M is used.

 

HS4A

 

HS4B

HS4C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge humbucker
2 bridge outer coil
3 bridge humbucker and neck in series
4 bridge outer coil and neck in series
5 neck

Connections
M ground
N -
O -
P -
Q to V, neck hot wire, output
R to T, bridge hot wire inner coil and neck cold wire
S -
T to R, bridge hot wire inner coil and neck cold wire
U -
V to Q, neck hot wire, output
W -
X - bridge hot wire outer coil and cold wire inner coil
ground: M, bridge cold wire outer coil

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HS5

This switching system is for guitars with a Humbucker on the bridge and a single coil on the neck and allows both pickups to be switched in series, which creates a louder, fuller sound. Here, it is possible to split the Humbucker, while the inner coil remains active. The outer coil is short-circuited. The neck pickup has to be a symmetrical type such as in Figure 1 and 3 in the introduction, i.e the wire windings may not be connected to a metal cap. If a buzz-free sound is required in position 4, the magnetic polarity must be NS-N or SN-S. Here, a Megaswitch M is used.

 

HS5A

 

HS5B

HS5C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge humbucker
2 bridge inner coil
3 bridge humbucker and neck in series
4 bridge inner coil and neck in series
5 neck

Connections
M ground
N -
O -
P -
Q to V, hot wire neck, output
R to T, bridge hot wire outer coil and neck cold wire
S -
T to R, bridge hot wire outer coil and neck cold wire
U -
V to Q, neck hot wire, output
W -
X bridge hot wire inner coil and cold wire outer coil
ground: M, bridge cold wire inner coil

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SH4

This switching system is for guitars with a single coil on the bridge and a Humbucker on the neck. It allows both pickups to be switched in series which creates a louder, fuller tone. The Humbucker can be split while the outer coil remains active. The inner coil is short-circuited.

The Humbucker can be split while the outer coil remains active. The inner coil is short-circuited. The Megaswitch M is ideal for this purpose. If a buzz-free sound is required in position, the following magnetic polarity (from the bridge to the neck) is required: N-NS or S-SN.

 

SH4A

 

SH4B

SH4C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge
2 bridge and neck outer coil in series
3 bridge and neck humbucker in series
4 neck outer coil
5 neck humbucker

Connections
M -
N to S and ground
O -
P -
Q -
R to V, neck cold wire outer coil and hot wire inner coil
S to N and ground
T -
U -
V to R, neck cold wire outer coil and hot wire inner coil
W -
X bridge hot wire and neck cold wire inner coil
ground: N, S, bridge cold wire

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SH5

This switching system is for guitars with a single coil on the bridge and a Humbucker on the neck. It allows both pickups to be switched in series which creates a louder, fuller tone. The Humbucker can be split while the inner coil remains active. The outer coil is short-circuited.

The Megaswitch M is ideal for this purpose. If a buzz-free sound is required in position 2, the following magnetic polarity is required: N-SN or S-NS.

 

SH5A

 

SH5B

SH5C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge
2 bridge and neck inner coil in series
3 bridge and neck humbucker in series
4 neck inner coil
5 neck humbucker

Connections
M -
N to S and ground
O -
P -
Q -
R to V, neck cold wire inner coil and hot wire outer coil
S to N and ground
T -
U -
V to R, neck cold wire inner coil and hot wire outer coil
W -
X bridge hot wire and neck cold wire outer coil

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SS3

This is a very versatile switching system for Telecaster-type guitars. The five-position switch produces the following combinations:

  1. Bridge
  2. Bridge and neck reverse phased and parallel
  3. Bridge and neck phased and parallel
  4. Bridge and neck phased and in series
  5. Neck

Caution: Here, the base plate of the bridge pickup must be electrically isolated from the coil nad earthed/grounded via a separate wire. The capacitor which is switched in series to the bridge pickup in position 2, improves the sound considerably by avoiding the weakening on the bass end of the sound spectrum usually associated with direct antiparallel mode. The value of 0.022 µF is a general guide only and can be increased or decreased as a matter of taste, depending on the resultant sound. The Megaswitch M is used here.

 

 

SS3A

 

SS3B

SS3C

Connections:

Positions
1 bridge
2 bridge and neck out of phase parallel
3 bridge and neck in phase parallel
4 bridge and neck in phase in series
5 neck

Connections
A to C, D, N, O, Q, capacitor, output
B to H
C to A, D, N, O, Q, capacitor, output
D to A, C, N, O, Q, capacitor, output
E -
F neck hot wire
G -
H to B
I to K, P, ground
J to V
K to I, P, ground
L bridge cold wire
M -
N to A, C, D, O, Q, capacitor, output
O to A, C, D, N, Q, capacitor, output
P to I, K, ground
Q to A, C, D, N, O, capacitor, output
R bridge hot wire
S -
T -
U -
V to J
W -
X to capacitor (e. g. 0.022 µF)
ground: I, K, P and neck cold wire

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