Single coil in place of humbucker neck ?

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  1. Andrew Gerard

    Andrew Gerard Member

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    So I picked up an Ibanez 1990 rg560, for 300 bucks. ( hss )



    I mainly play rg550 ( hsh ) and I LOVE the single coil in the neck, the bell like tone is so clean and glassy.. its a SD "vintage strat" So Now I want to put singles in 2 other of my rg550 which have humbuckers in them...

    Questions are:

    will I have to take out wood ? Can I modify the single coil not to ? Is there kind of plate to cover this empty space where the other half would be ?

    If I put just a single in... should it be closer to the NECK or BRIDGE in the slot...
    THANKS in advance for any help.

    I realize many will say P 90 is the solution, just curious if anyone else has done this already...

    Andrew Gerard


    Here is a video of the rg560 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfkdNhmnunI
     
  2. gulliver

    gulliver Supporting Member

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    You could also try a Dimarzio Bluesbucker, really nice hum canceling humbucker sized PU w/ single coil tone ... with a bit of PAF rattiness. You can flip it to see where the pickup picks up the best, as only one side is active.
     
  3. JB6464

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    Seymour Duncan Phat Cat P90
    It's a single coil that drops right in a humbucker spot with no mods needed.
     
  4. Andrew Gerard

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    Great ! Is the Phat Cat very noisey ?


    Thanks will check it out.


    AG
     
  5. JB6464

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    I have them and use them alot.
    Not noisey at all for a single coil pickup.
    They do have that slight hum like all true single coils have but they are a very fat sounding single coil with that nice cut you won't get with a humbucker.
    You should really try one , they are great pickups.
     
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    Or you can use a adapter ring from GFS and use a true single coil.
     
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    JB6464 Member

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    Another cool idea as well .
     
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    GFS Mean 90 or Dream 90 are a couple of others like the Phat Cat. Other makers have some too. I put Mean 90's in an Ibanez Artcore and like the result.
     
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    Dream 90 works well at the neck with a bridge humbucker.
     
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    Put a pickguard on it....
     
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  12. Andrew Gerard

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    WOW Airline Look very cool !!


    Thanks.
     
  13. harpinon

    harpinon Silver Supporting Member

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    If the 'bucker is a 4 wire pickup, you can remove the dummy coil wire and it should act as a single.
     
  14. Andrew Gerard

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    I ordered an Airline... I will wire it into my 1998 rg550 in the neck and make a video if anyone is interested.
     
  15. Drak

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    For what you asked for, I wouldn't opt for the Phat Cat, I have one in a Tele neck and that thing is thicker/meatier/louder than some real HB's I have, not very single coil-ish in nature, at least for me.

    Two other recommends if the Airline isn't what you're after would be a Rio Grande Tallboy HB, which basically are two standard single coil pickups mounted side by side in a HB format, so you get real genuine SC sound AND HB sound too...
    http://www.riograndepickups.com/scart/ProductPage.asp?ImageLink=TBHB&ProductName=For+Humbuckings

    ...or a light-wind HB like a DiMarzio Eric Johnson, THAT is a light-duty true HB that really almost sounds like a SC, great sparkly chimy cleans from it, far more light-n-lively than my Phat Cat, (which I love for it's thick meaty tone btw).
     
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  17. Andrew Gerard

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    Thanks Drak, those sound like great options.

    I think to get a real single sound, you need a single coil.

    Many hb come close though, Possible more dependent on the guitar eq etc..

    I am excited to install the Airline. It looks kinda groovy to boot..


    thanks for all the well informed thoughts.

    AG
     

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