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Rasta
11-21-2011, 07:02 PM
Hi guys. I'm looking at upgrading my pickups in my semi-hollow Sheraton II. I've done rewires on semi-hollows before and I'm going to do a bunch of research first because there's a huge PITA factor to do it yourself and damn expensive to have it done professionally (aka, done right).

Anyway, I want to have a coil split option at least on the neck and maybe on the bridge as well. What recommendations have you got for a humbucker that sounds really good split, and in a semi-hollow guitar?

Thanks in advance!

Bob Pollock
11-21-2011, 07:03 PM
I am interested in the responses to this too.

bilmacgil
11-21-2011, 07:07 PM
Here's a recent thread
http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=983804&highlight=splitting+humbuckers

feet
11-21-2011, 09:25 PM
not orthodox in the least, but i had a split powertron + in the bridge of a semi that was incredible. only other things i've split were a set of duncan a2p's. that went ok, also.

Sweetwood
11-21-2011, 11:49 PM
First off, I would go series/parallel wiring. It's better in both positions. Anything with ceramic coils and split (true single) will sound harsh...IMO. DiM 36th Anniv PAF sounds really good in parallel mode (and series). SD Alnico II Pro's, same thing. Lollar Imperials, Wolfetone Marshallheads, etc. Stuff that is very slightly overwound over PAF's...but don't go too overwound. Less is more sometimes.

HoboMan
11-22-2011, 04:49 AM
OK, not a full semi-hollow but I put Duncan 59s with Triple Shot mounting rings in my Hamer Artist & LOVE them.
The bridge Humbucker sounds really good split using the coil closest to the neck.
The using the coil closest to the neck on the neck PU gives me my SRV tones.

My band plays everything from Beach Boys to Foriegner and this guitar covers it all.

http://www.communityofficesupply.com/images/git/hamer/TS1.jpg

http://www.communityofficesupply.com/images/git/hamer/TS3.jpg

Pietro
11-22-2011, 04:51 AM
I wonder how useful a single-coil sound is in a hollowbody as opposed to a P90. I think that there are some guys around here who've installd P-Rails. I'd check into them. able to go from single coil to "true" P90 to humbucker... that'd be insanely cool, imho.

Blueser
11-22-2011, 05:13 AM
Far and away, the Lindy Fralin Unbucker. I have them in my PRS McCarty neck positions, and when split them, you would think you're playing a Strat. Simply incredible! They sound equally incredible in full on HB mode!

Ended my search!

mangoman
11-22-2011, 05:38 AM
P rails are very cool. But the look isn't for everyone. Vie had them in my old mira, and while they did sound awesome, i did pull them out due to the look. I am doing a build with those in a custom tele....but I digress.

For the traditional look, I would go for the fralin unbuckers or the rio grande tall boys (I think that's the name). Both of these give that single coil tone split. The fralins have the outer coil wound hotter, and when combined with the inner coil, give a tru output humbucker. I think the rio grandes are actually, two singles together. Haven't heard the rios, but the fralins are awesome.

Rasta
11-22-2011, 05:42 AM
Here's a recent thread
http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=983804&highlight=splitting+humbuckers
Thanks. I hadn't seen that one when I searched. Some very helpful info, but I want to ask about semi-hollow guitars in particular.

First off, I would go series/parallel wiring. It's better in both positions. Anything with ceramic coils and split (true single) will sound harsh...IMO. DiM 36th Anniv PAF sounds really good in parallel mode (and series). SD Alnico II Pro's, same thing. Lollar Imperials, Wolfetone Marshallheads, etc. Stuff that is very slightly overwound over PAF's...but don't go too overwound. Less is more sometimes.
I'm thinking the SD Triple Shot will be involved when this is done, so I'll have all of the options to split or go series and parallel.

OK, not a full semi-hollow but I put Duncan 59s with Triple Shot mounting rings in my Hamer Artist & LOVE them.
The bridge Humbucker sounds really good split using the coil closest to the neck.
The using the coil closest to the neck on the neck PU gives me my SRV tones.

My band plays everything from Beach Boys to Foriegner and this guitar covers it all.

http://www.communityofficesupply.com/images/git/hamer/TS1.jpg

http://www.communityofficesupply.com/images/git/hamer/TS3.jpg
This looks like the right idea. Nicely done, that's really clean looking and if it covers that huge range of sounds it might be what I'm after. Plus I've come to really appreciate Jimmy Herring's sound with the SD 59's he uses.


Far and away, the Lindy Fralin Unbucker. I have them in my PRS McCarty neck positions, and when split them, you would think you're playing a Strat. Simply incredible! They sound equally incredible in full on HB mode!

Ended my search!
Not the first time I've heard Unbuckers suggested. I found a set in the emporium that I might check out after Thanksgiving...

cutaway
11-22-2011, 07:36 AM
OK, not a full semi-hollow but I put Duncan 59s with Triple Shot mounting rings in my Hamer Artist & LOVE them.
The bridge Humbucker sounds really good split using the coil closest to the neck.
The using the coil closest to the neck on the neck PU gives me my SRV tones.

My band plays everything from Beach Boys to Foriegner and this guitar covers it all.

http://www.communityofficesupply.com/images/git/hamer/TS1.jpg

http://www.communityofficesupply.com/images/git/hamer/TS3.jpg

i love that guitar man! on my list of to-get guitars right now.

HoboMan
11-22-2011, 07:52 AM
i love that guitar man! on my list of to-get guitars right now.

I bought it as a backup to my Hamer Studio. The Studio is long gone and the Artist has been my #1.

slugworth
11-22-2011, 10:15 AM
Another vote for Dimarzio 36th in the bridge, with an Air Classic or Bluesbucker in the neck. I have a set in my Ibanez AS103, and it is heaven. I haven't tried the 36th in split or parallel, but I can say that I prefer the Bluesbucker in parallel over split.

Or Kent Armstrong humbucker sized P90s. They're killer, underrated, and inexpensive. Oh wait, you can't split those. Never mind.

Bajan
11-22-2011, 12:45 PM
Nice Artist! I have a korina one and agree that it covers a lot of ground. I put a pair of Frailn Pure PAFs in mine (7.8/8.2) and they are killer.

OK, not a full semi-hollow but I put Duncan 59s with Triple Shot mounting rings in my Hamer Artist & LOVE them.
The bridge Humbucker sounds really good split using the coil closest to the neck.
The using the coil closest to the neck on the neck PU gives me my SRV tones.

My band plays everything from Beach Boys to Foriegner and this guitar covers it all.

http://www.communityofficesupply.com/images/git/hamer/TS1.jpg

http://www.communityofficesupply.com/images/git/hamer/TS3.jpg

cutaway
11-22-2011, 01:01 PM
I bought it as a backup to my Hamer Studio. The Studio is long gone and the Artist has been my #1.

not to derail the thread, but i was looking around on gbase and saw this one. is that price a typo?

http://www.gbase.com/gear/hamer-usa-artist-mahogany-p90-trans-red

slugworth
11-22-2011, 02:46 PM
Probably not a typo. I've bought from Beat Street before and they seemed pretty amateurish to me.

twoheadedboy
11-22-2011, 03:03 PM
I think medium-output A5 humbuckers provide the best combination of humbucking and split sounds. There are lots of subtle differences between pickups in that category, but they all work pretty well for me.