Hey this may be a dumb question, but is there a way you can wire a switch to make a guitar brighter? I built my backup with a humbucker, and it sounds a bit dark, also doesn't react with pedals as much as my other guitar that has a single coil. I don't have room for a pot, that is why I was thinking switch. Thanks for the help.
No controls, or Volume pot only?
just one 500k pot
A pot would give you total control, no room for a mini pot? Anyways, you can just attach the Capacitor & Switch between the signal coming from the pickup & the ground on the Output Jack lugs? Try 0.022uF & 0.047uF? Here’s a diagram, you can use a DPDT too, just use one side of the switch like the diagram?
Good luck :)
oh nice, thanks for the help, what capacitor would provide the brighter sound? also is that cap jumping the two posts on the switch, or just straight from the middle post to the positive jack?
0.022uF is brighter, with capacitors the larger the number, the more low end? The lug on the opposite end of ground has no connection?
Brian, would I be able to use just an on/off switch? Also are there special caps for guitar? I really appreciate the help.
I don't believe that adding a cap will help brighten the pickup. Capacitors bypass high frequencies. Using a 550K vol pot may help a bit, as will removing the vol pot completely. Have you tried lowering the bass side of the pickup & raising the treble side? Probably not an option, but, of course, moving the pickup closer to the bridge will brighten the sound. :)
Do you have a pic of this on/off switch?
They do have specialty tone caps for guitars, but I don’t think they’re worth 10-20 dollars for one capacitor? A capacitor with a 100/250v rating & tolerance rating of 5% or lower is really the best option. I use WIMA box capacitors 250v/5% & 715p Orange drop capacitors, but I use the 1% tolerance over the standard 10% tolerance that everyone uses, they last longer & the specs are tighter?
Have you given thought to an external tone pot? You could throw a pot, capacitor & jacks in any kind of enclosure? I’ve had to do this for a couple of my customers who play Tom Delong volume only strats? I used a 1590a Hammond stompbox but you could use anything that’s enclosed like an empty tin?