The standard way of wiring the Acousti-phonic, same as in the manual. ("Basic" Kit) with the addition of an optional QuickSwitch for mag/both/acoustic.
The standard way of wiring the Acousti-phonic, same as in the manual, with the Acoustic Pot with Mid/Dark Switch, and a QuickSwitch. ("Advanced" Kit)
The standard installation for active pickups like EMGs. Shows how both the Acousti-phonic and active pickups can run off the same battery source, from 9v to 18v.
These connections are on the Hexpander's pass-through connector to the Acousti-phonic when they're piggybacked together, so they're the same as the standard installations for the Acousti-phonic.
The standard connections for the Hexpander pickups, optional switches, and volume pot.
Connect the Pin 7 harness in Hexpander-only installations so that mag and acoustic are available on the 13-pin connector. Note this requires the addition of an acoustic volume pot, or you can omit the pot and get acoustic out at full volume all the time by connecting the yellow and orange wires together. The QuickSwitch plugged into the Hexpander will control these signals on the 13-pin, but not on the 1/4" jack. To get mag-only on the 13-pin, just don't hook up the yellow and orange wires. To get acoustic-only on the 13-pin, just don't hook up the mags. A suitable place to connect the green wire to the mag pickup system is at the 1/4" jack.
Passive Volume Kit
This is how you install the Passive Volume Kit (PE-0400-00) when only using a set of ghost loaded saddles or a ghost loaded bridge without a preamp.
This is how you wire a Les Paul toggle switch to select mag/both/acoustic, using a regular TRS jack. There is no stereo mode in this configuration. Both Mag and piezo appear on Tip. The Acousti-phonic is held in mono mode by grounding the ring contact permanently, but the only signal going into it is piezo. Power is switched using the Ring and Sleeve contacts of the TRS jack.
Add a tone pot to the ghost acoustic volume. Note that players sometimes add this thinking they will need it, and never use it because they love the Acousti-phonic sound the way it is. Try the Acousti-phonic first without a tone pot, and add it only if they feel its necessary.
Use the switch in a push/pull pot as the QuickSwitch. But a push/pull has only 2 positions, so you get mag/acoustic instead of mag/both/acoustic. Or I suppose you could go mag/both or acoustic/both, if that's what you're into.
The Acousti-Phonic has remarkable battery life. A gigging musician, practicing a couple nights a week and performing on the weekend, can change the battery just twice a year and never have to worry about it going dead.* However, since the mags go through the Acousti-Phonic for blending, no battery means no sound, not even from your mags. This Bypass Switch is to be used only in the event that the battery dies, as it will drain a good battery rapidly when engaged. It will allow you to finish the set on mags only. And you'll make a tradition of changing your battery at Easter and Thanksgiving.
* Battery life is about 500 hours, which is six months, if you remember to unplug the cord from the 1/4" jack when you're not playing.
With the push/pull pot pushed down, you have all the features of the Acousti-Phonic, including the blend of mag and acoustic in Mono Mode. Pull up, and the mags bypass the Acousti-Phonic (true bypass) and go straight to the Tip of the 1/4" jack. This can also be implemented using a DPDT toggle switch. Unlike the Mag Bypass Switch, this circuit can ba activated any time, not just when the battery dies.
Wire a blend pot to an Acousti-phonic. It's the same as a regular Acousti-phonic installation, only the mag pot is reverse-wired to work in the opposite direction. Note that you actually get more control over your sound with separate pots because it allows you to control how hard each pickup drives effects down the line. A blend pot always mixes one signal at full-volume with the other at partial volume.
This operates the Acousti-phonic in Mono mode only, with power switched by the Ring and Sleeve contacts of a standard, stereo, TRS jack. This may be a useful option for guitars that can't use the Stereo Switched Jack, such as those with deep barrel jacks. There is no stereo mode available in this configuration.
This is a solution for guitars with deep barrel jacks. The Switchcraft Switchjack has four lugs like the Stereo Switched Jack that comes with the Acousti-phonic, but the switch works in the opposite way, so it can't be wired the same. This wiring delivers both Mono and Stereo modes. Note the Switchjack is designed for acoustic guitars and comes with a strap-nut, but this can be removed and replaced with a regular nut for use with electric guitars.
Using a 9-pin jack, the Acousti-phonic operates in both Stereo and Mono modes. One of the jack switches is used as a ground lift to control power to both the Acousti-phonic and Active pickups.
This is a solution for guitars that have active pickups and deep barrel jacks (some Ibanez are like this). You can use the Acousti-phonic with a regular TRS jack (instead of the Stereo Switched Jack that comes with the Acousti-phonic) if you're okay with using it only in the Mono (blended) mode. QuickSwitches will still determine which signals are on, or you can omit the QuickSwitch and still control which signals are on using the volume controls. There is no Stereo Mode with this configuration. The white Switch wire is left disconnected, and power from the battery is switched on when the 1/4" mono plug shorts between the Ring and Sleeve contacts of the stereo jack.
The mags go straight to the Ring of the Stereo Switched jack, instead of going through the Acousti-phonic (true bypass). There is no blended (mono) mode available in this configuration. When you insert a stereo 1/4" plug, you get mags on the Ring and acoustic on the Tip. When you insert a mono 1/4" plug, you get acoustic on the Tip only. The Acousti-phonic is held in mono mode by grounding the ring contact permanently, but the only signal going into it is acoustic, so that's all that appears on the Tip.
The mags go straight to the Tip of the 14B jack, instead of going through the Acousti-phonic (true bypass). There is no blended (mono) mode available in this configuration. When you insert a stereo 1/4" plug, you get mags on the Tip and acoustic on the Ring. When you insert a mono 1/4" plug, you get mags on the Tip only. The Acousti-phonic is held in mono mode by grounding the ring contact permanently, but the only signal going into it is acoustic, so that's all that appears on the Ring. Note that the red wire of the QuickSwitch has to be re-routed to the Tip in order to mute the mags.
This clever circuit requires a second, Stereo Switched Jack. When you plug into this second jack, you've got your mags straight out (true bypass). Acoustic sound is available on the first jack. But with the second jack empty, the first jack has both mag and acoustic, in either Mono or Stereo mode -- in other words all the features of the Acousti-Phonic.
Mags go straight out to one 1/4" jack (true bypass) and acoustic goes to another 1/4" jack, the Stereo Switched Jack that comes with the Acousti-phonic. The Acousti-phonic is held in mono mode by grounding the ring contact permanently, but the only signal going into it is acoustic, so that's all that appears on the Tip. There is no Blend mode in this configuration.
Dual jacks, with blended signal available when a mono plug is inserted in the Stereo Switched Jack only. When a mono 1/4" plug is inserted in the second jack (also a Stereo Switched Jack), mag is on the first and acoustic is on the second. This has the quirk that when you plug into the second jack only, you get nothing because the Acousti-phonic only powers up when there's a plug in the first (stereo switched) jack.
Dual jacks, implemented with one Stereo Switched jack and one regular, mono jack. There is no Blend mode in this configuration, and there is no output if you plug into the acoustic jack only, because the Acousti-phonic only powers up when there's a plug in the first (stereo switched) jack.