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    Rewire Silo Specail

    Hi there
    I'm new in this forum and I hope I get some help here - I sent 2 or 3 emails to the customer Service, but they donít reply :-(
    I have troubles wiring my Silo Special guitar with the silent circuit !!
    My 5-way switch broke, so I had to change it. I didn't find the original one from MusicMan for bying in the Internet, so I had to change it to the Fender Superswitch. Of course I wrote down all the connections from the old Switch to change to the new one, but something went wrong Ė it doesnít exactly sound like the old one. And I am not happy with the quality of the switch Ė it makes noise at changing and so on. I want to change it again to another switch. So I found the switches from Schaller. There is one thatís called Megaswitch E and another one Megaswitch S. But it is completely different than the superswitch.
    So my question: when I use a quite normal connection from the pickups to the switch as shown here:

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAzMFgxMjAw/z/a3gAAOSwezVWy2Bc/$_12.JPG?set_id=880000500F

    how do I connect now the Silent circuit?
    Please help me Ė I need to reconnect my Switch, I need the guitar. Every Hint for me is ok, maybe someone has rewired the guitar with another switch than the superswitch and can send me a diagram for rewire it.
    Thx
    Please send diagrams to wolfgang@heieck.de

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    I'll send you an email.

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    thx very much

    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    I'll send you an email.
    Thank you very much - I'll try to connect with a megaswitch and it should work with this diagram

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    silent circuit

    Quote Originally Posted by wolle View Post
    Thank you very much - I'll try to connect with a megaswitch and it should work with this diagram
    I forgot - does someone know how to exactly connect the silent circuit? What are the functions of the different colours of the circuit?
    Black - ground
    red - 9V Power
    Blue ?
    Violet ?
    Yellow ?
    How must i go on with these colours when I want a silent guitar?

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    The wiring for the SC is in that diagram I sent you- it's the factory wiring.

    But, in general, Red is +9V, and Black is ground (though it's wired so that plugging in a cable connects that ground and completes the circuit - otherwise you'd just drain the battery all the time).

    Rather than wiring the pickups to ground, the idea is that you wire the pickups to the SC, which provides out-of-phase noise to cancel most of the offending hum. Blue is for regular wound coils, Violet is for the reverse-wound pickups (typically the middle). Yellow is generally used to short the Silent Circuit output.

    In the Silhouette Special HSS config, you only need it on the neck position alone. Every other combination of coils on the selector switch is inherently noise-cancelling.

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by beej; 02-10-2017 at 07:22 PM.

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    Hi Beej - Can you send this diagram to me too, please? (NECRO BUMP). Do you also happen to have a color code "map" of how the wires used in the original (Dimarzio?) would relate to Seymour Duncan color?

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    Any idea what year your guitar is? They changed the switch in 2011. The pickup wiring is identical but the physical layout on the switch is slightly different.

    Re: DiMarzio vs SD, google "humbucker color codes".
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    Any idea what year your guitar is? They changed the switch in 2011. The pickup wiring is identical but the physical layout on the switch is slightly different.

    Re: DiMarziuo vs SD, google "humbucker color codes".

    EDIT: just saw your new thread. For a first generation silhouette special with the old silent circuit, I've never seen a schematic for that. Give customer service a call (yes, you can actually call and talk to them). See links in my signature.
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    HSS Special - Birth Day October 1995! But the pickups are not original and I have a super funky looking "silent circuit" gizmo in there.

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