A typical Stratocaster or Strat-style electric guitar offers 5 different pickup combinations with its 5-way switch. The typical setup allows the following combinations, using the photo as a reference: 1, 1 and 2, 2, 2 and 3, 3. What it does not allow is 1 and 3 together, and all 3 on at the same time.
By adding a simple toggle switch (you could also use a push-pull or other type of switch) you can make an on/off switch for the neck (#1) pickup which allows you to turn it on anytime, regardless of where the 5-way switch is. So when the #2 and #3 pickups are on, you can turn on #1 and have all 3 on at the same time. And when just the #3 pickup is on, you can turn on #1 and have the outside pickups on.
I simply run one wire (highlighted in red) from the pickup #1 lead on the 5 way switch to the toggle, then a second wire from the toggle to the input of the volume pot.
It's simple and gives you a couple more tones to play around with.
Posted by willbright at 12:53 PM in
Repair and Restoration