When building a Strat with a humbucker in the bridge position, and two single coils for the middle and neck positions respectively, there is always ta toss up between choosing 500k controls which will retain the life of a humbucker, or 250k controls which will tame the harsh highs that are inherent in single coils.
We say 'why choose? '. The ObsidianWire Custom HSS has some clever wiring, which harnesses the power of a 5 way superswitch, and a couple of extra resistors to add new life to your humbucker, as it sees the 500k controls that it deserves. Move through the switch positions it and automatically switches back to 250k for the middle and neck pickups so you still get the full and clear rhythm and spank that Stratocasters® are famous for.
Furthermore, when you move your switch into the second position the humbucker coils split with one of them pairing up with the middle pickup for a traditional second position Strat tone. To take advantage of this feature you will need a four conductor bridge pickup which is standard issue for many modern and even vintage re-production releases.
Thirdly, we have added a Treble Bleed circuit to the volume control so when you turn it, the volume decreases in a much smoother gradient, and most importantly you won’t lose your highs, so it doesn’t get muddy when you wind back.
The Custom HSS Controls:
- 1: Bridge Humbucker in Full Mode (With 500k controls and dedicated second tone control)
- 2: Bridge Humbucker in Split mode + Middle Pickup (With 250k Controls and first tone control)
- 3: Middle Pickup (With 250k Controls and first tone control)
- 4: Middle Pickup + Neck Pickup (With 250k Controls and first tone control)
- 5: Neck Pickup (With 250k Controls and first tone control)
We build ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics using the world’s best craftsmanship and components:
• 3 x Premium Selected CTS Split Shaft Pots Combo of 500k + 250k (+/-6%) (Matched to +/-2%)
IMPORTANT NOTES: ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics for Strat, are designed to be a direct fit for American and Mexican series Fender Stratocasters. We cannot guarantee that these will fit any other guitar.
• 1 x Genuine Oak Grigsby 5-Way Super Switch
• 1 x Genuine Switchcraft J11 Mono Output jack
• 1 x ObsidianWire Custom Select Capacitor ~ 150 Series Polyester Film (0.047) (Hand Tested to +/-10%)
• 1 x ObsidianWire Custom Select Capacitor ~ 150 Series Polyester Film (0.022) (Hand Tested to +/-10%)
• 1 x Premium Selected Volume Mod / Treble Bleed Kit for Improved Volume Taper & Clarity
• 1 x Pre Printed & Easy to Follow Wiring Diagram
• 1 x Endless Customer Support
At ObsidianWire we use US spec, 24 spline, split shaft controls. Using the incorrect size knobs can, and will damage your controls. We recommend that you check your knobs are the correct size and replace them if necessary. If your knobs do not press on easily, slightly crimp the top of the pots shaft together to improve the fit.