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    Axis Super Sport Semi-hollow with 25th Anniversary/Reflex Wiring

    Finally had a chance to wire up my Axis SS Semi-hollow with 25th Anniversary/Reflex parallel / series wiring the other day. This rewiring project is not for the faint at heart, but if you've done soldering before, it shouldn't be an issue if you take your time. You will have to desolder just about every lug on the 5 way super switch, then you'll need to figure out how to convert the old style switch to the new one as EBMM switched to a newer (easier to figure out) 5 way super switch.

    To do this mod without drilling another hole for the parallel / series switch, I used a Fender S1 500K pot/switch.The S1 is a 4PDT switch and was perfect for this application.

    If you want to do this mod, please note that you will need to get the solid shaft, long version of the 500K S1 switch. Don't make the mistake that I did and get the shorter split shaft version, it will not work with the Axis Super Sport as the shaft is not long enough and is made for strat pickgards.

    The solid shaft version will only take a barrel type knob, which meant that I had to get the chrome barrel knob and switch assembly to go with it and jettison the vintage look of the dome hat cream "strat" type knobs. Not a problem for me as I like the look of the barrel knobs.

    I really love this mod and really like the sounds I get with the neck pickup or bridge pickup in parallel. I think it's very close to the single coil split humbucker sound but without the hum of a single coil. The mod is makes the Axis SS a super useful guitar.

    Originally I was contemplating changing the 5 way switch to a 3 way tele style and adding two push/push dpdt pots, 1 for split coil and 1 for series parallel, but the 25th Anniversary/Reflex switching is much more elegant and I think gets more sounds?

    Big shout out to A.J. for putting up with me constantly emailing him for wiring diagrams and questions! Thank you kind sir!

    Part numbers for this mod that you can get anywhere they sell genuine "F" parts
    S1 500K Switch Pot, solid shaft, long version: 0061263000
    S1 Tele/P Bass Barrel type knob with cap: 0059272049
    For a matching chrom barrel tone knob: 0095799049

    Pics of the mod installed:






    Here's a diagram to help understand the S1


    and here's a diagram noting the conversion from the 25th Anniversary to the S1. I'm not sure I can post the entire wiring diagram, so please contact customer service for the original wiring of the 25th Anniversary.
    EVH - Blue Quilt
    1995 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2016 - Cutlass - Vintage Sunburst
    2017 - St. Vincent - Stealth Black

    Take a break from playin' guitar and read a webcomic: nemu*nemu!

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    It looks great!

    How does the wiring work now?
    MusicMan Axis Pacific Blue Burst, DOB: 3/17/08, Bought: 8/18/13

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firesource View Post
    It looks great!

    How does the wiring work now?
    5 position switch: 5 = neck, 1 = bridge

    Neck pickup:
    North coil: 4
    South coil: 3

    Bridge pickup:
    North coil: 2
    South coil 1

    + = series
    & = parallel

    When the switch button is not pressed (up position) you get the following:

    Pos 5 = 4+3
    Pos 4 = 3+2 (inner coils)
    Pos 3 = 4+3 & 2+1
    Pos 2 = 4+1 (outer coils)
    Pos 1 = 2+1

    When the switch button is pressed (down position) you get the following:
    Pos 5 = 4&3
    Pos 4 = 3&2
    Pos 3 = 4&3 & 2&1
    Pos 2 = 4&1
    Pos 1 = 2&1

    You can also see a diagram here:
    http://www.music-man.com/index.php?o...=download&id=3
    EVH - Blue Quilt
    1995 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2016 - Cutlass - Vintage Sunburst
    2017 - St. Vincent - Stealth Black

    Take a break from playin' guitar and read a webcomic: nemu*nemu!

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    Very cool! Glad the S1 switch worked out for you.

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    That sounds like a very flexible wiring!
    MusicMan Axis Pacific Blue Burst, DOB: 3/17/08, Bought: 8/18/13

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    Excellent mod. I'll find this once I get a super sport .
    2009: JP6 w/BFR Rosewood Neck - Ice Blue
    2010: Silhouette HSH w/Matching Neck - Black
    2010: Ernie Ball WAH - Black/Green and smooth like silk
    2011: Sterling H w/Matching Neck - Black

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    Very cool! Glad the S1 switch worked out for you.
    Thanks for your help with the wiring!
    EVH - Blue Quilt
    1995 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2016 - Cutlass - Vintage Sunburst
    2017 - St. Vincent - Stealth Black

    Take a break from playin' guitar and read a webcomic: nemu*nemu!

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    Hi, do you think it will work and be nice on the Luke 3 ? Mine is the first that has the boos on the tone pot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luiscesaripad View Post
    Hi, do you think it will work and be nice on the Luke 3 ? Mine is the first that has the boos on the tone pot.
    I'm sure you could wire it up somehow, but I haven't tried to myself.
    EVH - Blue Quilt
    1995 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2016 - Cutlass - Vintage Sunburst
    2017 - St. Vincent - Stealth Black

    Take a break from playin' guitar and read a webcomic: nemu*nemu!

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    Nice job!

    2018 Axis - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord - Tahitian Blue
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Anniversary - Buttercream
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR - Pinkburst
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky)
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless
    1996 StingRay - 20th Anniversary

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    I have the very same Semi Hollow, but this with my solid Axis SS both have piezzo, could this be accomplished with a piezzo guitar do you know ?
    EBMM Axis SS
    EBMM Albert Black Sugar
    EBMM 25th Anni
    EBMM Albert SSS
    EBMM Reflex Black Sugar
    EBMM Axis SS piezzo, semi hollow
    EBMM double neck
    Fender Tele 1972
    Fender Strat Jeff Beck
    Flying V2
    ES 150
    ES 5
    ES 355
    ES345 BB King 80th b'day No 37
    Les Paul custom 3PUP Artisan 1976
    Les Paul custom Black Beauty 1977
    Firebird 7
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    Guild SG 300
    Yamaha 12 String Pacifica
    Yamaha silent
    Eggle JS Legend number 32

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinUK View Post
    I have the very same Semi Hollow, but this with my solid Axis SS both have piezzo, could this be accomplished with a piezzo guitar do you know ?
    I don't see why not if the piezo is separate from the standard pickup switching.
    EVH - Blue Quilt
    1995 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2016 - Cutlass - Vintage Sunburst
    2017 - St. Vincent - Stealth Black

    Take a break from playin' guitar and read a webcomic: nemu*nemu!

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    What a beautiful guitar!!
    25th Anniversary, Flame Top, 2009
    Tobacco Burst Axis Super Sport Trem. BFR All Rosewood Neck
    DOB: 2/16/09
    Axis Tribute Trans Pink 2012
    Axis Tribute Trans Purple 2012
    Axis Tribute Trans Black 2012
    Axis Tribute Trans Blue 2012
    Axis Trans Orange 2012 Killer Neck
    American Standard Tele 2013 Jade Pearl Metallic
    Life is a journey, not a destination.....Enjoy the ride!!!

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    kimonostereo

    Great post! I contacted Ernie Ball customer service and they sent me a copy of the Reflex wiring diagram. Unfortunately, the color codes don’t match your diagram. Is there any way you could shoot me a copy of your diagram?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8dm View Post
    kimonostereo

    Great post! I contacted Ernie Ball customer service and they sent me a copy of the Reflex wiring diagram. Unfortunately, the color codes donít match your diagram. Is there any way you could shoot me a copy of your diagram?
    The colors in the diagram are only there to make it easier to differentiate the various wires and connections. All the connections are labeled so all you need to do is make sure the wires from the switch and pickups go to those terminals.
    EVH - Blue Quilt
    1995 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2016 - Cutlass - Vintage Sunburst
    2017 - St. Vincent - Stealth Black

    Take a break from playin' guitar and read a webcomic: nemu*nemu!

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