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ID: 072 — S3 Rickenbacker Pro Upgrade

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S3 Upgrade Front

S3 Upgrade Rear

S3 Upgrade Wiring

Product Description

Now you can Soup Up your 3-pickup Rickenbacker 340, 340/12, 370, 370/12, 1993Plus Electric Guitar to get more pickup tone power and also increase your creativity and versatility with additional fresh new pickup tones.

Your stock Rickenbacker is designed to give you a modest and inadequate 3 pickup tones. Don't you think it's worth a few dollars more to get a Grand Canyon Wide range of 35 Blues, Jazz, Metal, Surf, Country — plus "tin-canny" pickup tones your stock guitar simply cannot produce?

This high performance S3 Rickenbacker Pro upgrade gives you the ultimate in performance at the lowest cost.

It takes fifteen minutes to remove your stock lower pickguard and connect your pickup wires to the upgrade's solderless terminal strip. Now a HUGE, alternate tone dimension will instantly open up to you.

Customer Comments:
"After installing this upgrade in my guitar, I stayed up all night playing it." — Alvin Sears

"The S3 Rickenbacker Pro Upgrade I bought for my 370/12 has transformed it into a veritable tone monster!! I just finished noodling on it, for 2 hours!!! getting up early tomorrow to further explore it again (see our Photos Page, item 9B). Your installation/instruction guide is great, had no problems with the conversion process!!" — Charles Broyard

Special Update: This upgrade now includes Treble Bleed circuitry plus high quality mylar tone control capacitors (with a superior linear frequency response) for unequaled versatility. This upgrade give you "American Pro" performance from your stock guitar.

Instruments That Can Be Upgraded

You can upgrade these 3-pickup Rickenbacker guitar models.   More... >

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To Install This S3 Rickenbacker Pro Upgrade

  1. You connect your pickup wires to the green solderless terminal strip (see picture)
  2. You connect your output jack wires to the marked wires on this product
    (remember to attach the bridge ground wire to the ground wire of the output jack)
  3. You re-attach the upgrade and start exploring the 35 pickup tones now available to you.

Using This Upgrade.

This upgrade uses our S3 Switch.   More... >


























How It Works

There are two "groups" of switches: (SW1, SW2, SW3)   -and-  (SW4, SW5, SW6)

The first group of switches (SW1, SW2 and SW3) are ON-OFF-ON switches used to turn an individual pickup Off and On. The middle position of each switch is Off. The down position turns the pickup On (in normal-phase) and the Up position turns the pickup on (in reverse-phase).

SW1 controls the Bridge pickup
SW2 controls the Middle pickup
SW3 controls the Neck pickup

When you use these three switches (with SW4, SW5, SW6 all in the Down position), you get 13 different pickup tones from the combinations of three pickup coils being Off or On (either in normal-phase or in reverse-phase). It is also due to the combination of the pickup coils being in a Parallel circuit.

The second group of switches (SW4, SW5 and SW6) are ON-ON switches are used to put select pickups into a Series circuit.
Two things to remember when using this second group of switches:

First, putting two or three pickups in Series circuit creates a "Compound" (i.e., Humbucker) pickup that gives you about 8 to 15 percent More output (think Heavy Metal/Jazz tone).

Second, because ALL the pickups are in a Series circuit, those pickups MUST be On (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase). Any non-Series circuit pickup can be either Off or On (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

Using the Second Group of Switches

Starting with switches SW4, SW5 and SW6 in the Down position;

Put switch SW4 in the Up position and the Bridge pickup and Middle pickup are in a Series circuit. You MUST turn On both the Bridge pickup and the Middle pickup using switches SW1 and SW2 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. In this example, the Neck pickup (controlled by SW3) can be either Off or On (in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

Put switch SW5 in the Up position and the Bridge pickup and Neck pickup are in a Series circuit. You MUST turn On both the Bridge pickup and the Neck pickup using switches SW1 and SW3 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. In this example, the Middle pickup (controlled by SW2) can be either Off or On (in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

Put switch SW6 in the Up position and the Middle pickup and Neck pickup are in a Series circuit. You MUST turn On both the Middle pickup and the Neck pickup using switches SW2 and SW3 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. In this example, the Bridge pickup (controlled by SW1) can be either Off or On (in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

Put both switches SW4 and SW6 into the Up position and all three pickups are in a Series circuit. You MUST turn On ALL of the pickups using switches SW1, SW2 and SW3 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. This gives you an incredible overdriven bass sound in spades. It also gives you Brian May's heavy metal tones.

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You can hear the difference

This page has MP3 audio clips to let you hear the result our S3-Switch upgrade offers you.

What You Get

Tools Needed

You need the following tools (not supplied with purchase).

30-Day Return Policy

We accepts all returns. You get a 30-Day Return Guarantee on all ALL your upgrade products. You can use your Upgrade for 30 days. If you don't agree this is the greatest product ever, return it for a refund — no questions asked. Buyer receives full refund in their original payment method (see our website FAQ for warranty details.)


Buy This Upgrade

Because you get a 30-day Return guarantee, you can buy this upgrade with confidence. You have nothing to lose except your lack of creativity.

(ID: 072ap) S3 Rickenbacker PRO Upgrade, includes our
S3-Switch, VT-2 Volume-Tone control, gives you 35 pickup tones.
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Shipping Details

Shipping: All products are shipped via United States Postal Service. Allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Details: Shipping generally occurs within three business days of payment.
Saturday, Sunday and postal holidays are not business days.

Other Information

Ask questions before purchasing. Purchaser assumes all risk of liability with respect to the installation and use of these products.

This switching system cannot be directly used with active (battery-powered) pickups or pizeo pickups.