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2 Single Coils in a Humbucker slot?

Shredcow

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Hey guys,
Have any of you tried putting 2 single coils into 1 humbucker slot?

Like 2 x Dimarzio Cruisers side by side... or 2 x Area 58s side by side... running in series and stuff.

Wouldn't that make for some pretty versatile tones? Either pup alone, or both in series/parallel/out-of-phase.

I know Dimarzio has an old pickup, the Multibucker that has a Cruiser and Fast Track 1 (I think) side by side in a humbucker package (looked like a quad rail).

But has any of you guys done a mix & match like that before?
 

atquinn

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I believe you can special-order a multibucker with any of Dimarzio's rail pickups. So you could get a Cruiser/Cruiser multibucker if you wanted one.

-Austin
 

Shredcow

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Thanks for the clips and recommendations guys...

Austin - I thought of the Multibucker too but it runs too hot for my liking (around 15k). I emailed Dimarzio if they could like plonk 2 Cruisers into a multibucker package but they said its a no-go.

Hoboman, I saw that too but I didn't enjoy the way the "single rail" sounded. While I'm not looking for truely authentic single coil tones, I just didn't click with what was on youtube. Then again, its youtube... maybe I should just go try it out.

Harry, your clips just show me how much I'd like to get the Cruiser into the neck of my guitar. Thanks!

Wonder if I could just DIY.
 

Bill Brasky

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I'm doing this to a guitar right now. The guitar is routed H-H and I plan to use HSS switching and put the two single coils in the neck HB slot. You just have to drill extra holes in the pickup ring to hold them.
 

Rusty G.

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My Goodness! I just watched the youtube video from the Seymour Duncaon pickup and I'm blown away. . .That may be the next thing I'm looking for! :jo

Thanks for posting!
 

-kk-

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check rio grande, they do exactly what you're looking for, cant remember what its called but should be on their site.
 

Zero

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It says on the DiMarzio site that the Multibucker is no longer available, not even special order. i never knew you could put any two single sized hums in it. I just have the stock Chopper/FT1. I would've got something different had i known. Like a FT2/FT1.

I was thinking about this today in fact. If you have a pickguard, such as on a Strat and no fear of cutting up the wood beneath there's no reason you couldn't mount two single sized pickups right next to each other to equal roughly the size of a full humbucker. You could throw 5 of them in there in an HSH configuration. And if they were all single sized hums, with four wires? What variety.
 

Jon Silberman

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'Cause it's not the same thing. But if that's what you want to do, try a Fralin Unbucker.
 

9fingers

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Lace has had "Duallys" for some time now. Essentailly 2 side by side noiseless or noise reduced singles that can be split, or parallel or series - however you want to wire them. I think a pair of Hot Gold Duallys would be awesome, with a switching scheme to utilize a lot of options.
 

Jim S

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I asked this of Jason Lollar a few months ago regarding my Nash Tele with his pups. Iif I recall correctly said a bridge Tele next to a strat or steel guitar pup could be good.
 

Jim S

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I have a Dimarzio Multibucker (Protrack/Cruiser) in the neck of my Godin Tele



I generally prefer audio clips to words, so...

Audio clips:
Neck Cruiser, Split, Protrack, Both in Series
Fabulous tone and playing. What amps and/or boxes are you using to get that tone?
 

walterw

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i recently rigged up something similar for a customer, namely the mid and bridge from a set of fender fat 50's put together to make a humbucker. the result was huge sounding, with a deep low-end boost and high output. the only thing is that at first it was very feedback-y, which i determined was due to the two coils being mounted to the pickguard but not attached to each other, causing micrphonic vibration between them. i put a thin layer of rubber between them, and strapped them together tightly with a zip-tie, and that fixed the problem.

they of course wouldn't fit in a humbucker-sized hole, so routing was required, but it was a good solution for the customer, who wanted a fat bridge 'bucker in his strat but wanted no compromise of his original single coil sound when split.
 




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