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S Hoffs, B May, & J Page: 350 Push/Pull mods
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Author:  bdawson7 [ Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:10 pm ]
Post subject:  S Hoffs, B May, & J Page: 350 Push/Pull mods

Hi all,
Long time lurker; first time poster....

I have finally acquired my first Rick, a perfect black 350 Liverpool from 1995 with hi-gains that I hope to turn into a 350SH look-a-like someday, with all that pretty binding. But first I will install 2 toasters and 1 HB and alter the wiring.
I've been playing a Les Paul forever that I just modified to Jimmy Page wiring with 4 push/pulls: 2 p/p cut one coil of each HB, 1 switches them out of phase, and the fourth switches between series/parallel. I also have a Brian May, and I love the versatility of his switching system, with phase and on/off for each single coil pickup.

I want to fit all of this into the 350, and keep the original look and feel, by swapping all the pots for push/pulls, and using 2 toasters and 1 HB like on the 350SH. I would of course keep the original wiring harness separate, just in case.
My idea is below. It basically combines a common RIC mod of 5th knob for middle p/u volume, Neck/N+B/Bridge toggle switch, Brian May phase switching for each p/u, Jimmy Page coil tap on the HB and series/parallel switching between 2 p/ups.

I'm wondering about some of the RIC-only details I have not experienced in my previous messing around with Gibsons and strats...

1. Will a commonly-available push/pull (ie Stew-Mac) fit in the 350 cavity? Those pots are usually 1 inch deep.

2. Should I use a 500k pot for the HB and 250k pots for the toaster volumes & tone? Or Use RICs 330k ? Or all the same?

3. I think the most versatile switch for a series/parallel is with the neck and middle p/ups, but I've never heard that/done it. Has anyone got info on that?

4. Also I was thinking about using the "Free-Way" 6-position Les Paul switch at Stew-Mac to allow more flexible p/u selection, but its getting bad reviews. (Its like two 3-position switches side-by-side - can work like a normal 3-way switch, but when you "up-shift" to the other side, it adds the middle p/u in the 3 other positions. Designed for a JPage 3-HB Les Paul)

Thanks for looking, and I look forward to any feedback anyone has!

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Author:  Ain'tGotNoPokemon [ Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:13 am ]
Post subject:  Re: S Hoffs, B May, & J Page: 350 Push/Pull mods

Interesting ideas... The only question I dare answer is number two: It's your personal preference. I would go with Ric's 330k.

One day I'd like to have a three pickup 620, with a humbucker in the neck, toaster in the middle, and high gain in the treble position. I'd go as far to call that my dream guitar.

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