Bridge Humbucker that Taps Well

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  1. Paul in Colorado

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    I'm rebuilding an Aria Pro II from the '80's that I got cheap. I'm turning it into a bit of a "Jerry-Caster" and I'm going with two Strat style pickups and a bridge humbucker. I'd like to find a humbucker that when tapped blends well with the middle Strat pickup so it sounds somewhat like a Strat in the "4" position.

    Here's a picture as it now sits. It's going to get a swimming pool rout and a brass plate to mount the pickups as the routs for the original pickups are odd sized.

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    I ve yet to find a Gibson style HB that I like w Strat p-ups, split or otherwise. W me it's the coil shapes not jibbing and maybe the frequency response curves as well. Of course they now make those dual Strat coils HBs. Rio Grande etc. So hopefully someone who has one will chime in. If you want a Gibsonesqe tone for the HB tho , the good old SD SH-14 when split has a similar output level, but of course a totally different tone , like a Gibson , but an octave lower. Duncan also makes a HB w a '59 coil and a SH-14 coil, which would give you more options.
    Then again why not a Strat Bridge and Middle right next to each other from a set where 2 and 4 positions are hum cancelling ? Since it's a pool rout and if Strat sound is ok.

    BTW you, I, and lots of others would number Neck one, but Fender goes w Bridge as one. I think you mean 2 not 4.
     
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    Fralin Unbuckers seem to get high marks for coil splitting. I had great luck with a GFS dual lipstick humbucker, the split works great.

    As an aside, I orient bridge humbuckers so the always-on coil is forward, towards the neck. I think it sounds better that way. The change in volume doesn't seem as drastic when you split
     
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    Oh! I think you mean split. Tapping is a different process, and rarely seen in humbuckers. I'd say the 59/Custom Hybrid, which has a great split sound, but on full, it still has dynamics and can do anything from vintage to modern music.
     
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    I had a DiMarzio PAF Pro that I put in an old Ibanez Roadstar a few years back. It sounded beautiful split and blended with the middle pickup.
     
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    A lot of a good tapping of a humbucker can be managed by a resistor in line like PRS does.

    Edit: or splitting to be accurate.
     
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    Yeah, thats the other one I mentioned.
     
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    I like Seymour Duncan Stag-Mags.
    They sound great tapped/split or not.
    Fairly cheap, too!
     
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    Are those tall Strat style coils ?
     
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    They’re just two regular staggered magnet coils wound as a humbucker,
    When split, they sound like a good, strong Strat pickup.
    The coils are not taller or a different size than standard.
    They are vastly superior sounding to most split/tapped
    humbuckers, IMO.
     
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    Yes, split, not tapped. Thanks for the suggestions. Keep 'em coming.
     
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    Are you looking for a trad tone for the HB alone or don't care ?
     
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    Are you going to route the hole for a full size humbucker or use a stacked one?
     
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    Ideally, I'm trying to get both a good HB tone and a single coil with middle pickup sound. Maybe that's asking too much?
     
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    Swimming pool route with a brass plate on the top to attach the pickups. Something like this, but single coil in the middle and no effects loop/preamp.

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    Seymour Duncan Pearly gates then. Great bright humbucker and splits real nicely.
     
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