strat style 3 way....Grounded??

dmraco

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I noticed that a standard 3 way, strat style does not have provisions for grounding...at least according to Seymour Duncan.  i am used to a toggle that does.

I assume it is grounded thru the connection to the grounded volume pot...correct??
 

tfarny

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You don't need to ground switch parts or the backs of pots, actually - they are not part of the circuit.
 

dbw

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tfarny said:
You don't need to ground switch parts or the backs of pots, actually - they are not part of the circuit.

However, doing so may reduce noise on an unshielded guitar.
 
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tfarny said:
You don't need to ground switch parts or the backs of pots, actually - they are not part of the circuit.

I know what you mean, but each wiring diagram needs to be looked at on a case by case basis to see if the grounding is superfluous.  True, pots and switches don't need to be grounded, but sure enough there will be an instance where one end of the cap is soldered to the pot, and if that pot isn't grounded, that cap is doing nothing.
 

dbw

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Super Turbo Deluxe Custom said:
tfarny said:
You don't need to ground switch parts or the backs of pots, actually - they are not part of the circuit.

I know what you mean, but each wiring diagram needs to be looked at on a case by case basis to see if the grounding is superfluous.  True, pots and switches don't need to be grounded, but sure enough there will be an instance where one end of the cap is soldered to the pot, and if that pot isn't grounded, that cap is doing nothing.

Yes, and same for folded-over lugs soldered to the pots.  I think a "star ground" is a better idea, though I never actually bother to implement it :p
 

TonyW

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My strat wiring if its any good to you

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The ground wire between all 3 pots is actually unnecessary, depending on point of view.  Yes the pots are all touching the shielding tape, so grounding the strings and jack to the last pot would work just fine.  However, I like it your way though because it's not depending on the tape for continuity.  Beware ground loops, but they are neglible IMO.
 

TonyW

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A lesson learned about the tape years ago led me to ground the pots that way.
Its just how i wire a strat and as is well known theres a few ways to do it but with this
method i am the most happy with and i am yet to suffer a ground loop problem. Not suggesting for a minute
that i may not one day suffer the curse.

So far so good touch wood or was that metal.

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