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  • Washburn VCC: Dual pot takes each HB from series to parallel

    Contrary to popular opinion the VCC (Voice Contour Control) on the Washburn WI64 guitar is *not* a spin-a-split pot (which varies the linkage from HB to single coil) but a dual-ganged 500k linear pot which varies the linkage from series HB to parallel HB.

    I haven't tried this out yet so I don't how it works but it is reportedly humcancelling throughout the entire range of the control. With the WI64 there is no tone control- just two volume controls and two VCC controls. I think that it would work better if there was a single VCC wired up to either the bridge or neck pickup along with a global tone control. Or better yet have a single volume control, 2 VCC's and a global tone control. (My PRS SE guitars have global volume and tone controls along with a 3-way selector switch and I don't really miss the option to adjust the mix of the two pickups in the middle position that much.)





    Steve Ahola

    P.S. I am always knocked out whenever I run across a guitar wiring harness that isn't in the 1980 edition Donald Brosnac book. BTW are there any other guitars that use this wiring trick?
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  • #2
    The real issue is how the humbucker coils sound when run in parallel. I always hated that sound.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rick Turner View Post
      The real issue is how the humbucker coils sound when run in parallel. I always hated that sound.
      I think that it depends on the particular humbucker and the sounds that you are looking for. Getting a cleaner sound similar to a single coil but without hum can be good. I have a friend who likes to use SD Hot Rails in his strats but he wires them in parallel. I've wired up several guitars with series/single coil/parallel switches and find all 3 positions very usable. Also being able to blend between the two linkages could offer some interesting sounds.

      I picked up a pair of the Washburn WI64 humbuckers dirt cheap but have not tried putting them in a guitar yet. Washburn may have designed the VCC specifically for these pickups- I dunno.

      Steve
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      • #4
        Anyone have any additional info on this. I just picked up a used Washburn WI-64. Someone professionally messed up the wiring installing dragon fire p90 type humbuckers..I'm trying to install some dragon fire screamers..thanks in advance..

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