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LHW

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Oct 13th, 2017 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have owned a couple of guitars with coil-splitting pickups, but never really utilized them. I prefer humbuckers, and never had a desire to switch to single coils.
What are your thoughts?

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Oct 13th, 2017 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an Epi ES-335 Pro with the push pull pots. I find them usable. Not so much the bridge pickup alone, but neck and both. Nice snappy rhythm function.

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Oct 13th, 2017 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, I can actually use my Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II or my PRS McCarty to play with my band. Some of our songs require single coil sounds.

That said, I only gig with my Am Dlx HSS Strats. (:oD

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Oct 13th, 2017 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a few but don't really find it all that useful.

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Oct 13th, 2017 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nope.



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Oct 13th, 2017 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes - on my PRS Mira. Slight drop in volume on switching to single coils, but very useable. Both sounds are good on each pickup.








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Oct 13th, 2017 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like 'em on my LP Traditional & Reverend Rocco. Wider range of tones = extreme versatility!

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Oct 13th, 2017 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes. I have a 1990's Yamaha MSG/Mirage (downsized ES335 shaped solid body) with coil splits and the neck pup split does a pretty good strat sound.

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Oct 13th, 2017 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I only have splitting on 1 guitar and rarely use the feature.

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Oct 13th, 2017 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a Schecter PT a few ears ago and the coil splitting on that was the best I’d ever had.

I don’t have any these days.

My Les Paul has coil tapping. But that application is somewhat different.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 04:25 PM, Oct 13th, 2017)

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Oct 13th, 2017 01:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I only get to take one guitar to the gig, I bring my SG standard with splits. As much as I'd like to take my strat for some of what we do, I find the SG a better all-around guitar for the work we do as I'm the only guitar player in the band. If I have floor space to bring more than one guitar, a strat comes with me as the split coil is (to me) definitely lacking in single-coil tone.

So the versatility is there for sure and I do find them useful. I'm the only one who's disappointed if we play Hendrix or SRV with the split activated. Audience can't tell the difference. But when we have some space, I bring a strat along with me. Helps me play better when the tool fits the application more appropriately.

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Oct 13th, 2017 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A few of my HB guitars are splitable, and yes--the tones are totally usable. A split HB jangles better than one that's turned down.

You cannot get that from a pedal; you can get close, but not quite.

pombrio

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Oct 13th, 2017 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an Epi 339 Pro and find the split settings far more usable than on my Gibby LP Standard!

gdw3

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Oct 13th, 2017 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had it before, but was not terribly satisfied with the sound. But there are plenty of other pickup choices I never tried.

The bass contour on my Reverend is SO much more useful, and can get a single-coil-y sound, as well as lots of stuff in between. I don't know why more guitars don't use it.

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Oct 13th, 2017 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes I sure do. I have a couple of HSS strats that I gig with and I need to split the bridge pup for some songs (like Sultans of Swing). I find it very useful. Lots more tonal colors to choose from.


reverendrob
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Oct 13th, 2017 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep.

I prefer ones that have options - the "pick whether to tap or split on a per-pickup basis" DIP switches on my Les Paul HP, or the coil *blend* on the Jaguar HH, etc.

I use the LP HP's tap/split combo fairly regularly - I love the guitar, and it just gives me some more brushes to paint with while actually playing it instead of something else

The Jaguar HH I have set on a blend almost constantly - it's rare to have full bucker or full SC for me on it. There's one spot on each pickup that's magical, especially with the strangle switch on.

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Oct 15th, 2017 08:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. My Ibanez EGEN18 is splittable and it all sounds good. In theory this one guitar could replace a lot of my collection except it doesn't do specific Tele, Strat and LP tones. I spend way more time with split coils than I thought I would considering it's primary function is a HB heavy metal guitar.

LeftyMeister

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Oct 15th, 2017 08:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have two and I use the tap occasionally. The Michael Kelley does a decent Tele sound when tapped.

reverendrob
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Oct 15th, 2017 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I should add I forgot the split on my Schecter V-1 Custom - it's so radically different from the standard sound (not in a bad way) that it's literally like changing guitars with a pull of the knob.

I'm also partial to the way that any split/tap/etc can affect some impedance sensitive fuzzes - like the Schecter V, it can change the sound radically enough that it might as well be a second new effects box.

telegib

Canada

Oct 16th, 2017 03:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only good tones that I've got from coil tapped pickups are on both my Yamaha SG 1000's and an old Peavey T-60. It actually sounds like single coil pickups and not that out out phase like or sterile tone that you get from a lot of coil tapping.

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