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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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Oct 16th, 2017 05:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When split, the neck pickups on my Gibson LP Trad Pro II and my McCarty sound very Straty. And by golly I know STRATY! (:oD

greg1948
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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Oct 16th, 2017 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The SC sound from my Music Man JP6 is the best split-coil sound I've ever heard. Totally useful!

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Oct 16th, 2017 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No use to me as the volume drop is too great.

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Oct 17th, 2017 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Keep in mind that the amp is at least 50% of your tone recipe. A good tube amp will bring out the best from a pickup, and you'll really appreciate the responsiveness when played clean or just on the edge of breakup.

stinger22

USA

Oct 17th, 2017 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Most definitely, my ES-347, ES-339 both have taps and got a Fender Flame Elite arriving today that has a tap. I like the 339 with push-push so I can tap them individual as I mostly use the neck tapped than the bridge. Great for rhythm work and cutting through the mix.

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Oct 17th, 2017 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have found them very useful. I do not gig but I love options. My 94 Tele special has a HB in the neck that splits and I really like it. Since putting in a 500K volume pot it has really opened up and just makes me friggin giddy!



VanGoghsEar

USA

Oct 17th, 2017 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Washburn Idol has a continuously variable split blend they called VCC that maintains humbucking capability.

I usually set the VCC (takes the place of the tone knobs) and forget it on a point somewhere around 5 or 6. The tone there is slightly brighter, a little more towards single coil tone and still has lots of body.

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Oct 17th, 2017 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a MIJ mid 80s Strat with HB and I changed them to splittable PU. I didn't use the split much but I liked it. I should have never traded away that guitar.

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Oct 17th, 2017 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a PRS with the coil split, but it's a 2004 model before they conquered the volume loss issue. I don't use it for much of anything.

rockstar_not

USA

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Oct 17th, 2017 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue has a mini PAF in the neck and a slanted HB in the tail with a hot SC in the middle, 5 position switch and tap capability on the HBs. Tapping gives very strat tones in positions 2 and 4. I also added a tail pup on switch which yields tele like middle position tones with neck and tail, and LP sounds when in HB untapped mode. Absolutely glad the HBs are tapped.

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Oct 18th, 2017 11:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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MLC

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Oct 19th, 2017 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've only owned a couple guitars that had HB's with coil-splitting.

I never found much use for it. Split mode just sounded thin and weak to me and there was always too much of a volume drop.

I don't own anything now that even has the option.

Fiddle Girl

USA

Nov 3rd, 2017 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, I use mine constantly. Typically I run the neck in series humbucker mode and the bridge in single coil.

Steve Dallman

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Nov 3rd, 2017 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use them on some of my humbucker guitars. I prefer series/parallel to single coil.

On one guitar I grounded a coil out with a cap. This drops the high end from the pickup. The result is that you get the highs (and some high mids) of a single coil, but the low end of a humbucker and little to NO volume drop. You can adjust the tone by changing the cap. Start with .02uf and adjust up or down.

Recently I tried PRS's coil cut. They ground the coil connection through a resistor. This cuts SOME of one coil, so you get more of the uncut coil, but the volume doesn't change a lot, and it remains somewhat humbucking.

I believe they use a 1.1K resistor for the neck (1.2uF is fine) and 1k for the bridge. I like it a lot.

Steve Dallman

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Nov 3rd, 2017 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use them on some of my humbucker guitars. I prefer series/parallel to single coil.

On one guitar I grounded a coil out with a cap. This drops the high end from the pickup. The result is that you get the highs (and some high mids) of a single coil, but the low end of a humbucker and little to NO volume drop. You can adjust the tone by changing the cap. Start with .02uf and adjust up or down.

Recently I tried PRS's coil cut. They ground the coil connection through a resistor. This cuts SOME of one coil, so you get more of the uncut coil, but the volume doesn't change a lot, and it remains somewhat humbucking.

I believe they use a 1.1K resistor for the neck (1.2uF is fine) and 1k for the bridge. I like it a lot.

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Nov 3rd, 2017 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No.

Fast Lane Pablo

USA

Nov 4th, 2017 09:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the coil taps on my G&L ASAT Tribute, Deluxe Carvetop quite a bit. I have a Strat-type partscaster with a P-90 neck and Duncan JB at the bridge. I have a switch to tap it, but I don't use it much.

gort9

usa

Nov 5th, 2017 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Squier 51 has coil splitting on the bridge. Yes, I use it a lot. More Fendery bridge tone when split.

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Nov 10th, 2017 06:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Haven't found them useful so far, the volume drop just kills it for me. Maybe they would work better for me if not used with the full humbucker.

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