December 1st, 2005, 12:04 PM
I have a humbucker in the neck position of my telecaster. It originally had a single coil pickup. I was thinking about putting a single coil back in the neck position. Would it be possible to do some kind of coil tap where the humbucker could be split for a single coil sound? Seems like it would make for a versatile guitar!
December 1st, 2005, 12:19 PM
IF you have a four-conductor humbucker in there, it's no biggie to do a coil-shunt. This is a very common mod for Teles with humbuckers, and you can accomplish it by adding a toggle or push/pull switch. Many of us here have drawings to help you git-r-done.
If you have something else, we need more details about exactly what you DO have in the neck spot. Some humbuckers can be easily modified to add a coil-shunt lead, and some are IMPOSSIBLE...
FWIW - it has been MY limited experience - If you have one of the single-coil sized humbuckers, or anything other than a full-sized, side-by-side coils, Gibson-looking humbucker, a coil-shunt won't do much more than just decrease the output, rather than give you much of a different tone... IMHO, of course.
EDITED TO CLARIFY:
BIG humbuckers split nice, LITTLE humbuckers usually don't - IMHO. :wink:
Wild Rice Chris
December 1st, 2005, 12:42 PM
Some humbuckers sound better with a coil-shunt than others. One of my favorites ever was an unknown 80's Dimarzio in a tele neck slot that was wonderful with a coil-shunt.
December 1st, 2005, 01:19 PM
Its been 10 years since the local guitar guy here put that humbucker in. I remember him saying it was a gibson. It looks like a full-sized humbucker to me, but I'm not exactly sure what model it is.
December 1st, 2005, 02:00 PM
OK, so I'm guessing that it is a full-sized humbucker - that's good news. MOST Gibson humbuckers have a pretty nice coil-shunt sound, particularly in the neck position. The trick with Gibbies is that to keep the screw-coil active and shunt off the slug-coil, you have wire the shunt jumper to HOT, not ground. No big deal in a Tele, the shunt-jumper just goes to the neck pup lug on the 3-way pup selector (where the pup's hot lead is). Same with Seymour Duncans. DiMarzios, on the other hand, shunt to ground to kill the slug-coil.
Does it have a metal cover, or open coils?
Open coils are easier to mod, but we CAN remove the metal cover to work on it...
Unless it's one of Gibson's infamous resin-potted SuperHumbuckers. If that's the case, we can just quit now, because SuperHumbuckers cannot be modified. You can tell a SuperHumbucker by looking at the bottom of the pup - it's completely potted - and I mean filled all the way up - with resin. There's just no way I know of to get in to them. Luckily, they are NOT all that common.
Now let's pop your control plate and take a look at he pup's lead.
Does the pup have a braided metal covering on its lead? Or, does it have a gray plastic lead that encases several colored wires? We're hoping for the four colored wires here, but it's not the end of the mod if it has the braided-shield lead.
It's not difficult to add the coil-shunt lead to a standard Gibson humbucker that doesn't have one, but... How good are you with a soldering iron and assorted other small tools? If we have to add the coil-shunt lead, you'd better be pretty good - or I would recommend that you just replace the pup with a modern four-conductor humbucker. You can absolutely KILL your pup if you goof it up...
Tell me what you see, and I'll tell you what I think...
December 1st, 2005, 04:44 PM
I'll try to check it after my gig tonight.