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Tuning split humbuckers to adjust fullness

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by wabashslim, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. wabashslim

    wabashslim Tele-Afflicted

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    I have a Carvin semi with a Carvin C22B bridge pickup. That's a fairly hot pickup with a touch of the cocked-wah sound in the mids. I have it set up with the slug coil nearest the bridge, so when I flipped the splitter switch it grounds the junction between the coils leaving the slug coil active. That left it too-thin, too-bright, with too much of a volume drop. So I inserted a resistor in the splitter ground path that leaves the screw coil in-circuit but reduced in output. After playing around with different values I decided on a 10k for the best balance between single coil-y clarity and guts enough for some Tele-like drive. Now I'm considering a 3-position switch to add a just-slightly-thinned humbucker sound using a bigger resistor, like around 51k.

    It's a different effect than coils in parallel and doesn't need a different switch.
     
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    Another way is to do a "spin-a-split". (use a pot to gradually split it) I used to do that when i used humbuckers because i never cared for tone controls so I'd use a tone pot for it.
     
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    Did this on my HSS Strat and love it.
     
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    I've done that in the past but the 250k or 500k tone pots were so touchy in those top few degrees of rotation they behaved almost like switches....hard to dial in a precise in-between spot. I've got some concentric dual pots but unfortunately there's no space for that in this particular guitar.
     
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    This sounds like the wiring in the PRS DGT. I don't remember what the value of their resistor is.
     
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