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**There's some pickup repair info on the repair tips page, includes how to determine phase.

Animated Switches Interactive Animated Gifs (layers). Use the Flash movies below if this doesn't appear correctly in your browser.

Animated Switches Interactive Flash Movie

Capacitor test results: comparative test of .047uf Ceramic Disk, Polyester Film, and Paper in Oil capcitors used as tone caps in an electric guitar. My results with spectrum analizer output graphs and supplemental data provided off site...

Color Codes for most pickups

Carvin diagrams PDF file

Dimarzio Dimarzio specific diagrams (you have to select a pickup and then select "installation")



Guitar Nuts How to wax pot pickups, several diagrams, troubleshooting, and theory, shielding, star grounding (a must IMO)

Seymour Duncan

StewMac Wiring 101 a great starting point

Guitar Electronics Many diagrams

DGB Studios TONS of diagrams; mostly in schematic form

Diagrams I've Designed


Jack Switch a picture of a little item to replace a footswitch; when you need a footswitch, but not really the "foot" switch. I used to use a "shorting jack" but I'd always loose it. this is a switchable shorting jack.

Ultimate in Versatility for strat, requires no physical modification, changes second tone to an on/blend pot for bridge pickup, or variable coil cut

Same design modified for use w/ two humbuckers automatically cuts coils in positions 2 and 4, incorporates both the variable coil cut and on/ blend pot

"Coil Select" Everyone knows how much difference there is in tone between the two coils of a humbucker when cut (the one closer to the bridge is much brighter). With my Dualtone and DualtoneII, each coil is wound differently for a different tone altogether. So I came up with this switching to allow you to cut to whichever coil desired. It only requires a single on-on-on switch (slider or toggle) it keeps each coil in phase when combined with a reverse wound middle pickup, or another dualtone type...

Coil Select + Series/Parallel Uses 4 push pull pots and one mini toggle, for LP type guitars (requires adding mini toggle)

Six Way Rotor Switch This link goes to a page showing the "wiring grid" for a six way rotor switch designed to give all possible sounds from a single humbucker. (co-designed w/ James Winger)

Blend/On Standard strat wiring converted to master vol, master tone, and blend/on pot for bridge pickup.

Bridge/On Standard strat wiring with bridge pickup on/off using a push/pull pot.

2 humbuckers 1 singlecoil, 2 coil select switches, 5way, 1vol,1tone

2 humbuckers, 2 tone, 1 vol, 3way

Another coil select diagram

2 humbuckers, 2 vol, 2 tone, phase switch and coil select uses push pulls for the volume and tone controls to work the coil select function

2 Quadrail types

Tele w/ humbucker wired using "E" model mega switch gives neck, neck+coil1, neck+bridge humbucker, bridge coil2, bridge humbucker (or something like that, I forget exactly..)

Single single hum 5way giving n/nm/nb/mb/b, coil select, ser/parallel, 1vol, 1tone

HB and singlecoil, basic 5way and vol/tone: Gives selections: HB/HB+S/S/S+HBcut/HBcut

All diagrams I have uploaded (some are listed above)

I'm sure there will be more coming soon! Need a diagram or custom schematic you can't find elsewhere? Ask me and I'll see what I can come up with!