Will your switches work if my Strat has humbuckers?

Do you still have three pickups? then, in a word, yes…

But remember, the term “humbucker” applies to a lot of different pickups. From my point of view, there two major categories of humbuckers: full-sized “Gibson” style humbuckers, and single-coil-sized humbuckers – this later category includes “hot rails” and “stacked” and “juniors,” etc – whether the coils are side-by-side or one on top of the other, if they are single-coil sized (no mods to a stock Strat pickguard), then they fit into this second category.

If you have any of the single-coil sized humbuckers, I recommend that you just select from my “regular” Strat mods, and NOT the ones designed for full-sized humbuckers. The Chromie, FAT-O, V.2, V.3, and all the Memphis Mods are what you should be considering. IF you have ALL Hot-Rails or other set of three single-coil-sized humbuckers, you might consider the FAT-Rails scheme - this scheme is also the one I recommend for sets of three FULL-sized humbuckers. If you want to add coil-splits to these schemes, I suggest you use a push/pull under the tone and/or volume, and I’ll be happy to draw it up for you when you purchase a rotary.

If you have a full-sized humbucker in the bridge, there are two categories for those pickups: traditional two-conductor models and modern four-conductor models.

If you have a traditional two-conductor pickup in your bridge position (the most common spot), especially one with a braided shield, you cannot just install any of my “normal” Strat mods (listed above). Almost all of those mods LIFT the negative (aka ground) lead of the bridge pup for the series and out of phase tones, and that is not an easy task with a pickup that has the ground conductor running the entire length of the braided-shield lead, exposed and un-insulated. But, do not despair…

If you have the two-conductor bridge humbucker, I DO have some schemes that will work for you: the FAT-HSS, the Memphis HSS, the V.4 and V.5, and the Neck-reverse Chromacaster.

The FAT-HSS is simply a new set of instructions for the Original FAT-O – the switch is the same, but the installation is slightly different for your HSS, rather than for an SSS Strat. It is a three-throw rotary that gives you (#1) the five stock tones, (#2 ) the “magnificent seven” tones (all possible parallel combos), and (#3) takes you into “Gibson-ish” territory with a mid-series-neck pseudo front humbucker that can be played as such, or combined in parallel with your bridge humbucker to simulate the “both pups on” middle throw of a Gibson 3-way toggle. It has its own button on the "buy it" page.

The Memphis HSS is like the FAT-HSS, but on a four-notch rotary. Same first three notches, and the fourth notch adds the neck in series with the bridge combo. More fatness!

The V.4 and V.5 are also four-throw rotaries, and again feature the same first three notches, but the fourth throw on these give you some spicy out-of-phase combos.

The Neck-reverse Chromacaster is the same switch as a Chromacaster, but with the installation (and instructions) "reversed" from the regular Chromie in that it controls the neck pickup, instead of the bridge pickup.

TO ORDER a Memphis HSS, V.4, or V.5, use the "Memphis Mod" button (these are all built on the same hardware) on the "buy it" page and let me know which model you want.

To order the Neck-reverse Chromacaster, just order the regular Chromie and tell me you want the neck-reverse model.

If your bridge pickup is the modern four-conductor style, you could use any of the above, and simply add coil-shunt on a push/pull as I recommended for the smaller humbuckers - OR try the FAT-O for Fatties (aka F4F). This switch was designed to control the coil-shunting as well as the new combos, and gives you the best of both worlds – the traditional Strat single coil combos and the simulated Gibson-ish two-humbucker combos. It doesn’t have any of the out-of-phase combos, but you can easily add a push/pull (or two) to reverse the phase of one (or two) of the pickups to get all the funk you could possibly use…


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