This is a rather embarrassing problem to ask for help.

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  1. SG Champagne

    SG Champagne Active Member

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    I recently had a music shop far away from me install the Stew Mac Freeway 6 way switch into my Gibson with three humbucker pickups.

    I am trying to test whether the switch was installed correctly by finding all of the combinations, such as middle/neck; neck/bridge; and so on.

    The embarrassing part is, even with using a coin to tap on a pickup to tell whether it is switched off or on, I'm having trouble determining whether it is off or on!

    I need to be able to tell whether a pup is on or off to test that the switch is installed correctly. Is there a better way for me to tell whether a pickup is off or on than by tapping it with a coin?

    All three pickups have their covers on.

    Thanks!
     
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    ghostwolf Well-Known Member

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    Try using a small screwdriver instead of a coin. Something that will react with the magnet.
     
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    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^This. Use something magnetic. It will only require a very slight tap. When I do this, I tap very lightly...directly on one of the pole pieces.
     
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    ^^^^+!
    This method works very well, I use it too.
     
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    I do have some small screwdrivers around the hovel. These items don't have to be magnets themselves, just have enough metal to be attracted by the pup magnet, right?
     
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    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    Correct. Anything steel or iron. Do you have a nail?
     
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    Yes, I have some nails around here. I'll try that too.
     
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    Hey Smitty---looks like you NAILED IT!!!!!!!!!!! buwahaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    I kill me!
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    I found a perfectly sized small phillips head screwdriver.

    On a guitar with three pups set close together like on a Custom, the UN activated pup next to an activated pup will not sound dead. There is a more quiet, but audible reaction.

    This task is more easy when there are only two pups that are a couple of inches apart.
     
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