Long time lurker; first time-ish poster....
Just saw the Bangles last week. They sounded great, and Ms. Hoffs played the white 350 for the whole show, and brought out her black signature model for the final song: "Walk like an Etruscan." It has a five way, strat-style switch. Which leads me to...
I have finally acquired my first Rick, a perfect black 350 Liverpool from 1995 with hi-gains that I hope to turn into a 350SH look-a-like someday, with all that pretty binding. But first I will install 2 toasters and 1 HB and alter the wiring.
I've been playing a Les Paul forever that I just modified to Jimmy Page wiring with 4 push/pulls: 2 p/p cut one coil of each HB, 1 switches them out of phase, and the fourth switches between series/parallel. I also have a Brian May, and I love the versatility of his switching system, with phase and on/off for each single coil pickup.
I want to fit all of this into the 350, and keep the original look and feel, by swapping all the pots for push/pulls, and using 2 toasters and 1 HB like on the 350SH. I would of course keep the original wiring harness separate, just in case.
My idea is below. It basically combines a common RIC mod of 5th knob for middle p/u volume, Neck/N+B/Bridge toggle switch, Brian May phase switching for each p/u, Jimmy Page coil tap on the HB and series/parallel switching between 2 p/ups.
I'm wondering about some of the RIC-only details I have not experienced in my previous messing around with Gibsons and strats...
1. Will a commonly-available push/pull (ie Stew-Mac) fit in the 350 cavity? The pots are usually around 1 inch deep.
2. Should I use a 500k pot for the HB and 250k pots for the toaster volumes? Use RICs 330k for tone? Or all the same?
3. I think the most versatile combo to switch series/parallel is with the neck and middle p/ups. What do you think?
4. Should the volume/phase knobs be in order of neck-middle-bridge to match the order of p/ups in real life, or stay n-b-m like the labels on the knobs?
5. I was also thinking about using the "Free-Way" 6-position Les Paul switch at Stew-Mac to allow more flexible p/u selection, but its getting bad reviews.
Thanks for looking, and I look forward to any feedback anyone has!