Split coil output TOO LOW :(

dincorcelles

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I recently wired my SD JB Jr on my strat to have a split coil switch but the output sound is much lower than the real single coils. I tried raising the pickup to compensate but the series mode becomes TOO LOUD. I also tried raising the pole pieces of the half that i split but it only messed up the tone of the series mode.

What do you guys do to make a split coil sound atleast USEABLE:messedup
 

aaland_brian

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I like to wire them to remove the tone pot from the circuit when split, give it more volume and treble.
 

walterw

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these pickups sound OK split with the middle pickup, but by itself? blegh.

you'd be better off switching it to parallel, which will sound kinda like a single coil, won't be so weak and nasty as that single 1/4" wide coil by itself, and will still hum-cancel.
 

dincorcelles

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I found a solution to my problem:) Apparently the outer coil of the JB JR that ive been using on the split mode doesn't accurately line up with the strings. I wired it all up again to activate the INNER COIL. It now sounds fine with the real single coils :)

What confuses me now is why I have hum cancelling NOW on position 2(bridge + middle)when i am using the inner coil. There was no hum cancelling before when i was using the outer coil. I am using a non reverse wound pickup middle pickup by the way.
 




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