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Split single-coils - Who makes them?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Tescot, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. Tescot

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    With the benefits of keeping the single coil tone and adding hum-bucking I am surprised that there is not a plethora of these out there. Seems to be plenty for the bass world/J-Bass pickups, but I have only been able to find Lindy Fralin's Split Blades.

    What am I missing?
     
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    Split so having a volume for Treble strings and one for Bass strings would be cool....
     
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    seymour duncan?
     
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    Perhaps the most versatile pickups (tone-wise) are Duncan P Rail pickups.

    If you're looking for the Swiss Army Knife of pickups, this is a pretty good one.

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    I'm pretty sure the OP is refering to pickups similar to p bass pickups, mustang bass picks, z coil pickups. Winding one for a guitar is definitely somewhere on my to do list. I was just saying I need to overhaul the electronics on of my guitars so that's a possible candidate.

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    I sure love the ballsy tone of my 2019 Fender Electric XII split singles. I can’t wait for the first string change to put the standard 6 on and try it out that way without the octave strings.

    They wound these pretty good, not sure if the 60’s ones were that way though.
     
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    Sentell has their Class Six.

    The Zebra looks pretty cool.

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    Welcome to TDPRI & great first post!

    Half of the folks don't know what you're referring to, but this was one of Leo's last hurrahs that ended up in the G&L Comanche. Not a tapped single coil, but two offset RWRP 3 string mini-coils in series. It gets the same inductance as a single coil ( --> bright twang) but is a genuine humbucker.

    What are you missing? Nothing --- I guess it was just too complex and didn't make it big time on the marketplace.

    But there's a vendor in Ontario who makes a few versions of these,

    https://www.mjscustompickups.com/mjs-split-single/

    and Smitty, the owner, even made up a split single neck pickup to my custom specs (mini coil dimensions, wind counts, screw adjustable-height pole magnets instead of the bar magnets and slugs you'd find in the G&L z-coils) to give a 2.2H strat single coil neck inductance that sounds just like the strat neck I wanted but is a humbucker for real and fits under the hood of a thin-line Fender WRHB cover. So in the photo below, on the other half of each of the three poles on the top or bottom portion in the neck pickup, there's nothing under the cover but air. No mud, bright single coil sound! No problem with the polarity transition and wide bends on the G string. See below - I can't recommend highly enough. I wouldn't trade it for a genuine CuNiFe old-school WRHB even if you stuffed a few C-notes inside.

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    Curtis Novak used to make them to fit in regular Strat/Tele sizes. Not sure if they are still available.
     
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    Curtis told me one could not achieve what I described above. Nice guy, but he was not correct.
     
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    Those Comanche Z coils are just an adaption of the split singles Fender had on the 12 string guitars and some of the Mustangs/Duosonics back in the 60's. Teisco Spectrum 5 had them too.
     
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    You can get 3 string single coil pickups from C.B.Gitty.com used for 3 string CBG's and wire them together in parallel or series. They also have a double coil HB version.
    They also have them in 4 string versions.
     
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    I was recently wondering this for myself. I'd like to use them purely for looks. I'm sure they sound reasonably close to any other single coil pickup but they're a unique aesthetic choice.

    I've never seen any besides the G&L Z coils and the old Fender XIIs, which if I recall looked exactly like Mustang bass pickups. I doubt there's much of a market for them as I think they tend to be the kind of thing that turns Fender fans' noses up at G&L. But I like them and would like to try them in an original body shape just to see what might be possible with them, design-wise.

    I wonder what a Mustang bass pickup would sound like in a guitar. Mustangs are pretty bright as basses go. I know Nordstrand makes well liked Mustang bass pickups but I've never used one.
     
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    One of my missions in life is to educate the public about how the only difference between guitar pickups and bass pickups is the form factor.

    Really.

    Everything else is exactly the same.

    I have several basses that use guitar pickups and sound great. I’m considering building a few guitars with bass pickups too.
     
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    I've considered a Pbass pup for an 8 string lapsteel o_O
     
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    I have a 4 string CBG with a set of P Bass pickups that I separated and wired to a 4-way switch and 500k volume only. They sound like mini P90's. upload_2020-7-31_15-5-17.jpeg
     
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