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    Switching options

    So I've got a splitable McCarty Bass and a non-splitable 245 Treble and I'm going to be using a 5 way switch. Before I saw that the McCarty was splitable, my thought was:

    1. Full Bridge, bypassing tone control
    2. Full Bridge, with tone control
    3. Bridge and Neck in series
    4. Bridge and Neck in Parallel
    5. Full Neck

    Now that I see that the McCarty is splitable, I have more options...and a dilemma. How should I wire these for the most variety ( and only standard or super 5 way--no push/pulls or switches)?

    The following are required, it I still have a couple positions that are open.

    1. Full Bridge
    2. ???
    3. Both in series
    4. ???
    5. Full Neck.

    What should I do for the other two? Parallel? Split Neck? Split Neck and Full Bridge? Some other combo? Help!

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    I think you should take apart the 245 and mod/split it.... just for more variety.... and more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    I think you should take apart the 245 and mod/split it.... just for more variety.... and more fun.
    +1 as long as you are patient and careful, adding a split wire to a non-splittable pickup is a breeze.

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    OK. So Then what? What do you guys think are the two best split combos? Both singles? Neck and split bridge? Neck split and full bridge? Insides? Outsides? One of each?

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    Outside coils- parallel for sure, neck split only would be my other choice.

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    Thanks, Sergio. It's funny that I'm being so indecisive about this. Before I had the splitable McCarty, I was all set to go. Now I'm worried about missing out and having to redo the wiring. It's not that big a deal, but I wanna do it right and only once. The guitar has a circuit board for the piezo and since the outputs get blended, there's a connection from the mag pickups to the circuit. It has me a little stressed. Worst case is I go get help.

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