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Fender Double Tap humbucker-- how does it work?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by chris m., May 28, 2020.

  1. chris m.

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    As I understand, one coil is wound to full single coil spec, and it is tapped when the pickup is in humbucking mode. Then when it's split, that coil is un-tapped, so that there is no compromise with either the humbucking or split sound.
     
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    Nice.. tempting
     
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    Aha, that makes sense. Not a bad idea, actually. One interesting aspect also is that in the HSS Stratocaster, the humbucker at the bridge is oriented 90 degrees to the strings instead of at an angle. There are two problems with the typical single coil Strat pickup at the bridge pickup IMO that make it an uphill battle to sound good: a) no tone control in stock wiring; b) angled so the pickup is closer to the bridge for the high strings, making them even more ice-picky. So having the humbucker at 90 degrees gives you the added benefit of not having this unhelpful pickup angle. Some guys even like the reverse angle you get by playing a Hendrix model for that very reason....
     
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