New wiring day: 5-way rotary to McCarty switching.

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  1. pauloqs

    pauloqs PRS McCarty

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    I rewired my CU22 with 5-way rotary to a 3-way toggle with push/pull tone pot, McCarty switching style. I’m super happy with the results. Much easier than I expected. Also, thank you @gush for the clarification regarding the grounding of the pickups not displayed in the wiring diagrams. Here’s the final results.

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    Forgive the bad lighting. Since I had to order parts, I added a pair or lampshade knobs. I like those both in looks and feel better than the stock speed knobs.
     
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  2. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Even though I'm a rotary guy, if you like it, I like that you like it. Nice job!
     
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  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Well done.
     
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  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Yeah buddy!!
     
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  5. pauloqs

    pauloqs PRS McCarty

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    Thank you. I’m really proud of it too. The solder joints look super clean. I’ve watched a few Phil McKnight, StewMac and other videos online to improve my soldering technique and I'm amazed what a difference it made to follow their tips. I've rather enjoyed the process as well.
     
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    I was just about to make a post about wanting to do the opposite - take my McCarty wired CU22 with a 3 way toggle and push pull back to a 5 way rotary. I have the original pot, but I have no idea what solders where. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  7. pauloqs

    pauloqs PRS McCarty

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    Here is the schematics that was on mine. Mine was the bottom one. The bare ground wire of the pickups and and the ground of the output jack were connected to the top of the tone pot, which is not depicted in the following schematics.

    https://www.prsguitars.com/documents/prs_custom5wayrotary_pre_2007.pdf
     
  8. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    The prs guitars website has all the wiring schematics for all the models. Going back to the rotary switching is pretty easy as long as your pickups are 3 wire.

    If your pickups aren't stock from when it was wired for rotary you may have to wire one pickup backwards or out of phase.
     
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    Thanks guys. I forgot to mention that my guitar is a 2011 with Dragon 2s...I’ll look into the schematics and open her up when I get a chance.
     
  10. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Love that color! Nice job!
     
  11. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    Well my CE 22 came stock with Dragon IIs and a 5-way rotary, so I’d assume they’d be compatible.
     
  12. pauloqs

    pauloqs PRS McCarty

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    Mine has the dragon 2 as well. It’s doable.
     

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