American Performer HUM 3 way selector functions

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  1. Sentenced

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    Hi all!

    First Tele, first post, first question.

    So, I have an American Performer HUM and I would please like to ask you about which pickups the selector activates on each position (especially on the "alternative" humbucker split mode when the tone knob is pulled).
     
  2. corliss1

    corliss1 Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Hey, and welcome!

    Seems like a standard three way setup. Down (to the right when you're holding it) is bridge only, middle is both, toward the neck is the humbucker.

    You can always confirm switching with any pickup by taking something metal and tapping the pole pieces of the pieces while you're plugged in. Whichever ones make noise is active with your current switch selection.
     
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    Thanks! Any idea about the HUM split mode?
     
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    Yes... still the positions remain unknown. I'll try the trick with the metalic item but they could include a piece of paper with the guitar or a pdf...
     
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    The push/pull switch simply splits the neck humbucker coils giving you a single coil sound in the neck position. It will stay a "single coil" sound when switching to the middle position so you end up with single coil neck/single coil bridge together.
     
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    Great, thanks! It is intetesting that when the tone knob is pulled there is in fact less noise (at least in the middle position neck + bridge that I remember) compared to the pushed possition (when I used some heavy distortion). So the humbucker on its original form has more noise together with the bridge pickup.

    I need to run more tests :). I dig it so far.

    BTW I have read some terror stories about big volume diparities between different pickup positions but I don't think that it is so bad. It isn't perfect either. Perhaps they improved it on the latter production models or it's just a more important aspect for some people (who are thus more sensitive).
     
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    Glad you put the "single coil" in scare quotes because, as we all know, a split humbucker is not the same as a single coil. I don't know why, I lack education, but my ears still work fairly well.
     
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