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Triple Threat Complete Strat Pickguard Assembly
Pickup Switching / Controls Described

Positions of all switches are referenced with the guitar in the playing position. Below is a photograph of Triple Threat pickguard assembly with each of the 3 mini-toggle switches labeled for reference within the instructions below.

Mini-Toggle Switch Assignments / Function:

Sw1 - Bridge pickup output level  (Up = High Output  /  Down = Low Output).
Sw2 - Neck pickup activation  (Up = Turns OFF the Neck Pickup  /  Down = Turns ON the Neck Pickup).
- Direct-Through Mod Selector  (Down = Direct Through Activated  /  Up = Direct Through Deactivated).

The 5-way switch will operate normally as it does with any modern Strat® as follows:

1 - Bridge
2 - Bridge + Middle
3 - Middle
4 - Neck + Middle
5 - Neck

Mini-Toggle Switch Sw1 is to switch the Seymour Duncan SSL-5T bridge pickup between its full (high) output mode and its low (vintage) output mode.  When Sw1 is in the up position the bridge pickup is in full output mode and when Sw1 is down it is in low output mode.

Mini-Toggle Switch Sw2 is to turn on the neck pickup. It is to be used when the 5-way switch is in positions 1 or 2. When your selector switch is in position 1 which is for the Bridge pickup and with mini-toggle switch Sw2 on (down) you would then have the Bridge and Neck pickups selected together.  When your selector switch is in position 2 which is for the Bridge and Middle pickups selected together and with mini-toggle switch Sw2 on (down) you would then have all three pickups selected together.  This switch performs the same function as our Gilmour Black Strat recessed mini-toggle switching system.

Mini-Toggle Switch Sw3 is the "Direct Through" modification which sends the pickup(s) signal as selected by the 5-way selector switch directly to the output jack entirely by-passing the volume and tone controls and any attenuation of the signal which occurs by going through those controls.  When Sw3 is in the up position the Direct Through mod is deactivated. When Sw3 is in the down position the Direct Through mod is activated and the volume and tone controls are bypassed (will not operate) and you'll notice your tone will be a bit brighter and louder. Here is a link to an article from Premier Guitar further explaining the Direct Through modification.


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