After talking with Ohio Eric about the different possibilities for wiring these up, I figured I'd see what everyone else has tried.
On my Yamaha guitar, it uses this wierd triple pole, double throw switch, which disconnects the bridge pickup from the five-way super-switch to bypass the coil-splitting modes, and at the same time toggle between the output from the volume control and a direct out from the bridge's hot wire. This works really well, but I've never seen a similar switch anywhere else, which makes me think it was some sort of custom Yamaha creation. I know the Guthrie signature guitar has a push-push one, but apparently the wiring for that is a closely guarded secret.
Anyone else tried anything for pulling this off?
What you need is a 3PDT switch, which are available here.
According to the site, they're configured like this:
In order to get a "blower" switch on a guitar with a bridge humbucker, you need to do 2 things:
- Connect the end of bridge coil 1 to the start of bridge coil 2 so the pickup is connected in series; and
- Bypass all switching and controls so the hot output from the bridge pickup is connected directly to the output jack.
I did a quick drawing, and i think this makes sense, so here's what you need to do:
In the "up" position, it passes through the coil-splitting wires to their normal positions on the pickup selector or mini-switch that splits the bridge pickup (if your guitar is so configured). In the "down" position, it connects those two together to wire the pickup in series, disconnects the controls from the output jack and connects the hot of the bridge pickup directly to the output jack. I *THINK* this should work, but i haven't tried it in practice yet.
If you want to keep the volume and tone controls in the circuit, you just need to insert this switch BEFORE the controls instead of between the controls and the output jack.