I played a friend's McNaught last night. Stellar guitar. I typically play a McCarty. I've never been happy with the McCarty "single coil" sound. Fix me if I'm wrong here, but McCarty's have a coil TAP thing going on, right? Tom's McNaught's single coil sound was very much more in line with what I expect from a single coil pickup in a set neck guitar. Now he also had a pair of Goodwoods in his guitar, which we noted after some taste testing between it the McCarty and a Strat has a significantly higher output than those other two guitars. I'm not concerned about the output. More output is not what I want. Just noting it. Could it be that - his humbuckers are split while mine are tapped, and split sounds more single coil than tapped? OR the configuration is the same but those higher output pickups sound better split. And also, am I hosed here? Split means one coil is used, tapped means a lesser amount of windings are used, but still both coils? I've looked everywhere but inside both guitars and can't find a definitive non-conflicting answer, but everywhere I've looked says that the terms are mistakenly used interchangeably. Thanks in advance, gurus.