**See pictures below of various other configurations…**
INSTALLATION OF THE CONNECTOR CARD:
The connector card will work beautifully in a wide variety of guitars having a two or three-way selector switches and up to three pickups. The illustrations here presume a basic Les Paul or SG type of configuration – see below for more illustrations including Strats and Tele’s with various combinations of Rivets and traditional pickups…
- Locate the wires going to your old pickups and cut them (even if you plan to still use them), though leave enough wire in the control cavity to reach to the hot screw terminal holes. Insert and secure them as shown in the picture by the “hot bridge” and “hot neck” labels. (Your wires may be plastic coated as the white wires shown, or black cloth with braided shielding, etc.)
- Attach a ground wire from your controls to the upper right screw terminal. This may be a ground wire which had been going to one of your old pickups, or maybe some strands of shielding from your old pickups if they had braided shielding, or it may be a new wire that you have soldered to common ground among your various controls.
- Replace one of your tone pots with our supplied push~pull pot. (We recommend replacing the tone pot for your neck pickup, as it is the most convenient tone knob to reach while playing.) Using the wires from our push~pull pot, attach the black wire to the same ground terminal screw as mentioned above in step 2. Then attach the brown wire to the next terminal screw down from the ground terminal. Then attach the orange wire to the hot screw terminal of the pickup (the one for which you have replaced the tone pot!). At this time we recommend ignoring the red wire and running RAZOR BLADE #101. If, however, you are trying a different razor blade wiring card, you should attach the red wire into the screw terminal located by the dashed red line.
- Plug in your Rivet pickups.
- If you happen to be keeping any traditional non-Rivet pickups on your guitar, insert the two wires from such pickups into the two appropriate screw terminal holes where shown for neck, middle and bridge pickups and tighten the screws to hold the wires securely. After playing your guitar a bit, if any of the traditional non-Rivet pickups sound extremely weak in volume or thin, try reversing the wires to the affected pickup.
- You must keep the metal lugs of the connector card, and also the wire braided shield of the Rivet pickups from making electrical contact with each other and with other exposed metal in your control cavity. This has not been much of an issue for us, but in a crowded control cavity might present a little challenge. Actually, we suggest tucking the wired connector card into a plastic bag like the one that some of your parts came in.
Here’s an explanation of the Connector Card’s “ports” for those of you who are curious or prone to fool with things…
Some comments about the Connector Card…
♦ Any of the THREE RIVET PICKUP “OUTPUT” CHANNELS which do not have a Rivet cable in it, must have a jumper inserted in place of where the mini-coil pins would be (picture to be added later).
♦ The (+) and (-) wires of any TRADITIONAL PICKUP “OUTPUT” CHANNEL can and should be reversed if the traditional pickup sounds extremely thin and weak when combined with any Rivet pickups.
♦ The KILL MINI A & B ports do not always serve the same function due to the evolution of the design, sorry. But wires from the push/pull pot to these ports usually cause certain mini-coils to turn off when that port is connected to GROUND which is what the push/pull switch does when you pull the knob up. Actually, those ports could be connected to one or even two different switches of any sort, like maybe a mini-toggle switch – there’s nothing special about our push/pull pot. It simply shunts those ports to GROUND. (We expect to be improving this aspect of the design in the future.)