1 - Get a toggle switch. Any should do if you are using passive pickups. Check
Radio Shack or the like. I got a standard 4 amp switch with three solder
points on the bottom. Also if you are worried about your existing pickguard,
get a new one to deface because you'll need to drill a hole in it.
2 - For the project you'll need Toggle, Solder, Wire, wire strippers, and
3 - Drill hole somewhere between the Volume pot and the 5 way switch. I
flipped my pick guard over and placed it over one of the routed holes in the
body of the guitar. I did not disconnect the ground wires or anything like
that. I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. By doing this I was able to
see that I wasn't going to drill through any wires, but take care not to go
full bore with the drill and have it go through the pick guard and into the
4. I attached the toggle to the pick guard then measured the correct lengths
of the wires I would need. You only need two wires for this mod. Once I did
this I removed the toggle switch and soldered the two wires to the outside
soldering points on the switch - IE Top and Bottom points. The middle point is
for the neck Pickup.
5. Look at the switch and follow the wire from the neck pickup to the 5 way
switch. Looking at the wiring inside the pick guard, it should go to the left
side of the switch third wire up from the top. Unsolder it from the switch.
Clean off old solder and if you have enough wire from the pickup strip a clean
connection from the neck position wire.
6. Now install the toggle switch back into the pick guard with the two wires
you soldered to it in step 4. Solder the wire from the neck pickup wire to
the middle solder point on the toggle switch. This will be the last thing you
solder on the toggle switch.
7. Now take the wire on the bottom of the Toggle Switch and Solder it to the
left side of the 5 way switch where you removed the Neck Pickup Wire.
8. Now take the top wire from the Toggle Switch and connect it to the top most
solder point on the right side of the Toggle Switch. On this point you will
also see the hot wire leading to the Volume Pot and the Jumper Wire from last
solder point on the left side to the first solder point on the right side. So
you will now have three wires on that first point, Toggle - Jumper - Hot to
Volume. Make sure you have a good connection here. You can braid all three of
the wires together and solder them to the solder point. (See top picture
for how it should look)
9. After you are done, put the pick guard back in and use three to four screws
to keep it in place. Don't string it up yet. Plug it into the Amp as is. Run
through your switch in each position to make sure that you have sound coming
from each position and pickup. Position 1 (up) Neck, 2 Neck and middle, 3
Middle, 4 Middle Bridge, 5 (down) bridge. Tap on each pickup and you should
hear the tapping come through the amp. The pickups that shouldn't be active
with the switch position you will hear nothing from the amp. Once you
determine that all the pickups are working properly, leave the guitar in
position 5 (Bridge pickup).
10. With the guitar switch in position 5 (Bridge Pick Up) flick the toggle switch. With mine, with the toggle switch up towards
the neck the mod is off and I have normal Strat combinations. With it down I
have the neck and bridge combo. Flick the toggle and test the neck and bridge
pickups. You should hear the tapping on both with nothing on the middle. This
will only work with the 5 way switch in position 5 (bridge position)
There you have it! A very simple mod. From the outside your mod should look
like the picture below. I would not try this mod with the DG-20 EMG system. I
contacted them about it and the tech told me he had never heard of doing this.
Since it is a 9v powered system, you would need to use a beefier switch.
I take no responsibility for any damage that you may do to your equipment.
If you are unsure of what to do, take the directions to a professional and
have them mod it for you!
I've included here a very short demo sound file of
a Clean Strat with the Mod in effect......Neck/Bridge
Let me know how you make out. Sorry about not using technical terms...I'm not
a technical person.