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How to add a tap switch

A tap switch is a switch that operates only one coil of a humbucking pickup and outputs a sound close to a single coil pickup. Let's start with a brief look at the pickup which is the key to the sound before we get into the wiring methods.

pickup

The pickup in the photo is called a "humbucking pickup" which is commonly mounted on GIBSON guitars. Two single coil pickups mounted on Stratocaster are in a line. The humbucking pickup that utilizes these two coils amplifies the signal more than the single coil pickup and outputs a thick core sound.


Now let's look at the wiring method for tap switch expansion. What to prepare: ON-ON type mini switch, solder, soldering iron, wiring material, wire stripper, and radio pliers.

Mini switches

Mini switches are shaped like this.

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When the lever of the mini switch is moved in the direction of the arrow, the pins surrounded by a box become conductive.
When using this mini switch and wiring as below,

Mini switch 1
Mini switch 2

With just two soldering points, you can easily switch humbucking pickups to single pickups and use them!

By the way, the tap wire of the pickup is different in color depending on the manufacturer, so check carefully when wiring.

  • SEYMOUR DUNCAN → red and white
  • DIMARZIO → black and white

Direct switch expansion method

A direct switch is a switch that has the function of forcibly bypassing all circuits and making the output full, regardless of the volume and tone values ??set. Play the rhythm with the volume down, and at the time of guitar solo, flip the switch to MAX volume! The operation can be easily done by switching one small switch.


Now let's look at the wiring method using the mini switch.
Convenient way of wiring the direct switch is here!

The wiring of direct switch 1
The wiring of direct switch 2

Because it is also necessary to combine with the volume pot wiring, the degree of difficulty is slightly higher compared to . Still, it is well worth trying out, considering that this wiring will enable stress-free and smooth performance.

What did you think? Why not make your own guitar a guitar that you can be proud of, that other guitarists will hate because of the modifications you’ve made? We will continue to introduce various wiring modification methods that can be done easily. Look forward to it! !

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