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ID: 132 — T3 Pickup Switch Upgrade KIT

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T3-Switch Product

T3 Upgrade wiring

Product Description

This KIT Version of our T3-Switch gives you 35 Pure Analog pickup tones on any instrument with three separate pickup coils (either three single-coil pickups; or one 4-wire humbucker pickup and one single-coil pickup). This is a do-it-yourself project that includes everything you need to install this upgrade into your electric guitar or bass.

Want MORE Versatility?

This upgrade let you do the following things:
(you CANNOT do on your instrument!)   More... >

This upgrade also gives you those Brian May (guitarist for Queen) "red special" pickup sounds because you can instantly put any two or all three pickups into series (you cannot do this on your standard Stratocaster.)   And when you put two select pickups in series, you can turn on the remaining pickup in parallel (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) and this is something even Brian May's red special guitar cannot do. This upgrade will give you incredible pickup tones that are so "Fat" – they're OBESE!

When used In The Studio, your upgraded guitar will have an incredible spectrum of 35 unique pickup tones that are impossible to produce with a "stock" instrument.

When used On Stage, your upgraded guitar will give you incredible Signature Sounds that nobody else can easily duplicate. And over time, you can even "morph" your Signature Sounds to keep your fans interested in what you offer.

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To Install This Upgrade

  1. You connect your pickup wires to the green solderless terminal strip
  2. You connect your output jack wires to the marked wires on this product
  3. You mount the upgrade and start exploring all the pickup tones now available to you.

Using This Upgrade

This upgrade uses our T3-Switch.   More... >









How It Works

There are two "groups" of switches: (SW4, SW5, SW6)   -and-  (SW1, SW2, SW3)

The first group of switches (SW1, SW2 and SW3) are ON-OFF-ON switches used to turn an individual pickup coil Off and On. The middle position of each switch is Off. The down position turns the pickup On (in normal-phase) and the Up position turns the pickup on (in reverse-phase).

(coil-1 is the south-most coil, coil-2 is the middle coil, coil-3 is the north-most coil)

SW1 controls pickup coil-1
SW2 controls pickup coil-2
SW3 controls pickup coil-3

When you use these three switches (with SW4, SW5, SW6 all in the Down position), you get 13 different pickup tones from the combinations of three pickup coils being Off or On (either in normal-phase or in reverse-phase). It is also due to the combination of the pickup coils being in a Parallel circuit.

The second group of switches (SW4, SW5 and SW6) are ON-ON switches are used to put select pickups into a Series circuit.
Two things to remember when using this second group of switches:

First, putting two or three pickup coils in Series circuit creates a "Compound" (i.e., Humbucker) pickup that gives you about 8 to 15 percent More output (think Heavy Metal/Jazz tone).

Second, because ALL the pickup coils are in a Series circuit, those coils MUST be On (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase). Any non-Series circuit pickup coil can be either Off or On (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

Using the Second Group of Switches

Starting with switches SW4, SW5 and SW6 in the Down position;

Put switch SW4 in the Up position and coil-1 plus coil-2 are in a Series circuit. You MUST turn On both coils using switches SW1 and SW2 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. In this example, pickup coil-3 (controlled by SW3) can be either Off or On (in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

Put switch SW5 in the Up position and coil-1 plus coil-3 are in a Series circuit. You MUST turn On both coils using switches SW1 and SW3 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. In this example, pickup coil-2 (controlled by SW2) can be either Off or On (in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

Put switch SW6 in the Up position and coil-2 plus coil-3 are in a Series circuit. You MUST turn On both coils using switches SW2 and SW3 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. In this example, pickup coil-1 (controlled by SW1) can be either Off or On (in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

Put both switches SW4 and SW6 into the Up position and all three pickup coils are in a Series circuit. You MUST turn On ALL of the pickups using switches SW1, SW2 and SW3 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. This gives you an incredible overdriven bass sound in spades.

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You can hear the difference

This page has MP3 audio clips to let you hear the result our T3-Switch upgrade offers you.

What You Get

Tools You Need

You need the following tools (not supplied with purchase).

30-Day Return Policy

We accepts all returns. You get a 30-Day Return Guarantee on all ALL your upgrade products. You can use your Upgrade for 30 days. If you don't agree this is the greatest product ever, return it for a refund — no questions asked.

30-Day Guarantee

Our "core" (T2, T3, T4) switch products have a 30-day Guarantee. If it ever fails, we will repair or replace it (see our website FAQ for details.)

Refund Policy

Buyer receives full refund in their original payment method less any shipping and handling charges.


Buy This Upgrade

Because you get a 30-day Return guarantee, you can buy this upgrade with confidence. Get 35 pickup tones on your upgraded instrument. You have nothing to lose except your lack of creativity.

(ID: 132a) T3 Pickup Switch Upgrade KIT for 3-pickup coils   Qty

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Shipping Details

Shipping: All products are shipped via United States Postal Service. Allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Details: Shipping generally occurs within three business days of payment.
Saturday, Sunday and postal holidays are not business days.

Other Information

Notes: Ask questions before purchasing. Purchaser assumes all risk of liability with respect to the installation and use of these products.

This switching system cannot be used with active (battery-powered) pickups or pizeo pickups.