Solid Split Coil Tone=Which Humbucker(s)?

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  1. Lucidology

    Lucidology Member

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    By Solid, I mean the split coil tone isn't anemically thin as it is with many humbuckers ...

    Which split humbuckers have a very convincing,
    or true single coil sound/feel in your opinion?
     
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    While I haven't found a great one yet, I have heard of getting one of the colis wound hotter than the other. This is supposed to bring the splitable side closer to a true single.
     
  3. jazzandmetal?

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    I have heard that Suhr makes some good ones.

    I had a Rio Grande Tallboy in the neck of a guitar once and it sounded pretty good split.
     
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    You might try the Fralin Unbucker. I have one that Don Grosh installed on my VT in the neck position. I like the split tone better than the humbucker tone. Not exactly a single coil tone but I can get it close with the tone control on the guitar.
     
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    I can tell you from experience that it's NOT a McCarty! IMHO the concept is at best a compromise........I'm sure somebody does one that's "good" either as a H/B or S/C but not "great".
     
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    In general I've noticed the higher gain, darker wound buckers sound the best split, especially the asymmetrically wound ones. Gives them more girth and substance without that paperthin highend.

    _TJK*
     
  7. Kalalau Hiker

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    a friend swears by I hear Rio Grande Muy Grande and Tall Boy

    it says on the site they are actually single coils

    not sure if I understand this :
    http://www.riograndepickups.com/sca...roductName=For+Humbuckings&SubCatName=SINGLES

    "Tallboy Humbucking 4-ConductorA true humbucking for people who will not compromise on the "single coil" mode of a standard humbucking type pickup. Fits a conventional humbucking cavity but when split to one coil gives you the sound of a "true" single coil. Why? ... because it is! This feature when combined with a middle position single coil will give you the ultimate "quack" tone in the #2 position of your 5-way switch. Sounds fantastic in the full humbucking mode too! A greater harmonic range than a regular bucker. Imagine the natural response of the perfect single coil buckerized! "


    ???? que pasa?



    says the Muy Grande (for neck) is also "true splitting"


    I also need best of breed humbuckers to get better split sounds for 3 strat type guitars I have - so am very interested in the info here.



    I think there are also some Duncans made specifically to split.


    wonder how the WCR Darkbursts are split?
     
  8. Macaroni

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    I've done the coil split thing with Voodoo 59s, Timbuckers, Unbuckers, and my current Lollar Imperials - they all sounded very nice, IMHO. Not exactly a Strat or Tele, but something close and very useful.

    Then, when I had my Les Paul re fretted by Michael Tuttle, he suggested series/parallel wiring instead. That way, in parallel, you get single coil types of tones, but without the noise.

    No, it's not Strat or Tele tones, but they sound fantastic in their own right, and it adds a great alternate set of tones to my Les Paul, making it very versatile indeed.

    You get all the benefits of single coil clarity for rhythm parts, etc, and they jangle like crazy. And they work really well for solos too - both clean and with OD. My custom made Kent Armstrong Charlie Christian pickups are wired the same way, with similar results. I'll never go back to split coils - I prefer parallel wiring by a long shot.
     
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    Call Bill Chapin. His Black Dog pickups work amazingly well split, especially if you tell him the tone you're after, since he winds each of them individually anyway.
     
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    Anderson H2 bridge pup sounds great split, tele-like;)
     
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    Suhr Aldrich. Superb.
     
  13. ChazMania

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    I have tried a few:
    Suhr DSV- very good
    Suhr SSH- good
    Tyler Secret Hum/Landau- didn't work well split.
    Duncan Pearly Gates- not too good at all.
     
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    I am looking for the same is 7-string configuration. I really like the parrallel pickup idea. Another idea would be to get a very solid and hum free single coil tone and use mid boost to get it to sound like HB.
     
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    have you compared the Suhr DSV versus the Suhr Aldrich?
     
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    Those look pretty cool. How much output do those Bardens have, and how big is the volume difference between HB/single modes?
     
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    To each his own I guess. The JB and Custom and Custom Custom sound good to me and most of the Seymour Duncan stuff sounds good. My Landau Secret Humbucker sounds good in my Tyler Classic.
     
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    Aside from my Chapin guitars which have SUPERB split sounds my Soloway Swan with a MoJoe2 has a good split sound.
     
  20. tequilaboy85

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    Haeussel sounds really well splitted(specially the Vin series).
    Also the Rolph Preteders sounds great(listen to Robben Ford tones with his Sakashta on youtube).
     

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