Can Electric Guitar Upgrade Wiring Really Be Simplified?

Published 7 years ago on February 10, 2016

By Jonathan Graham

(PRESS RELEASE): Ask yourself these three questions.

  • Do you want to simplify your electric guitar and bass upgrade wiring?
  • Does soldering wires on tiny switch pins frustrate you?
  • Do those Jimmy Page (or other) "Upgrade from Hell" projects give you grief? 

We have The Simple Solution for you. 

Our M1 Printed Circuit Board (M1-PCB) is a multi-purpose product that simplifies electric guitar and bass wiring and reduces mistakes.  This is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" products.  

The M1 is ideal for all your pickup or other switching projects where DPDT mini toggle switch -or- push-pull potentiometer components are used.  It solves the frustrating problem of connecting and soldering wires to six very tiny switch pins.  You just solder the component to the M1, then you solder wires to the circuit board and they are electrically connected to one of the six tiny pins. 

You can select which "personality" it should take on, merely by cutting clearly marked traces on the M1 circuit board (yellow circles show where the "A" or "B" cuts are made.)

Personality #1:  Pickup coil phase reversal. Solder a standard DPDT (On-Off-On) mini-toggle switch component onto the M1-PCB and cut one board trace.  Now you can solder black and red wire pairs directly to the M1-PCB. These wires can be directly connected to both the pickup coil and the input circuit so you can turn the pickup coil Off or On; in either normal-phase or reverse-phase.  The M1-PCB has an on-board "crossover" circuit so you don't need to hand wire it.  You can also use this personality with a push-pull pot to switch a pickup between normal-phase and reverse-phase. 

Personality #2:  Put two pickup coils in series. Solder a standard DPDT push-pull potentiometer component onto the M1-PCB and cut two board traces.  Now you can solder black and red wire pairs directly to the board. This configuration lets you "span" two pickup coils to put them into a series circuit. 

Personality #3:  Universal connections. When you cut all three traces, you electrically isolate each of the six switch terminals so they can be used for any wiring application.  This lets you quickly connect or jumper any of the switch terminals.  The point-to-point hand wiring is simplified because the wires are attached to the circuit board and electrically connected to the switch component terminals. 

Because the M1-PCB has six separate wire solder connections (R1, R2, R3 and B1, B2, B3) that electrically connect to each terminal, you can use clear Red and Black wiring to get any needed pickup coil polarity requirements.  Although a Dremel tool is ideal to cut circuit board traces, they can also be cut using an Exacto blade. Their website also includes typical wiring examples.

Pre-Sale Customer Comments

"I really like the M1-PCB on the push-pull pot because it solves a big headache of wiring the switch pins. I consider myself very adept at soldering and wiring but have always hated doing this. This will for sure make that headache go away. I'm using them for two projects I currently have going." — Jeff,

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