Tapped humbucker. Does this exist, and does it sound cool?

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  1. The_Bell

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    A humbucker with unbalanced coils.

    In humbucker mode, the "hot" coil is tapped to match the other coil for a warmer, lower output sound.

    In coil split mode, the full hotter single coil is activated.
     
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  2. Hawkmoon269

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    Look up P-Rails by Seymour Duncan. I like mine a lot.
     
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    Aware of those, thanks man. That may be the closest thing to what I am asking.
     
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    Just to clarify, I guess my thought was having something not unlike a PAF and a Texas Special in the same pickup, at the switch of a button.
     
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    It doesn't tap, but the Dimarzio Bluesbucker is the closest thing I can think of to what you're asking about. Similar output to a PAF or P90 with the coils in series, and a good split sound due to one coil being a lot hotter than the other.
     
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    I know exactly what you're getting at but no it doesn't. I've been told that tapping a 8k coil to 4k doesn't sound like a 4k coil without the added wire on top. I do think though that this is somewhat how fishman fluence works though.
     
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    Awesome. Thank you, I will listen to those.
     
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    I run a bluesbucker. Great pickup.
     
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    Zexcoil Tribucker just came out. Think that’s what you want... Check it out!
     
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    PRS built some split humbuckers that 'didn't lose any volume going to single coil'. They probably still sell those models but not advertised much any more like they were four or five years ago.

    Cavalier Lion, single coil with two or three splits.

    Apparently EVH's Frankenstrat humbucker he took from a demolished Gibson 335 had a break in one coil that still worked but was lower output than the other coil. Some copy pickups try to match this.

    Easiest way ... lower the humbucker you have and raise the screw poles 1/8th to 1/4 inch and you'll have one coil significantly weaker than the other yet still retain the benefits of hum cancellation.

    I do this quite a bit with neck humbuckers to get more of a Strat single coil tone (with pole piece stagger). Or my Esquire Tele H to get more separation between pickup coil tones in singles, parallel, or series -- I hooked each bobbin to a 4-way switch to get all the combinations.

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    Fralin Unbucker is in the neighborhood also.
     
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    Oh, you mean split. Tapping is a very different electrical process. An unbalanced humbucker is a 59/Custom Hybrid. Split, it is the higher output Custom coil. It is one of my favorite split-able pickups.
     
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    Meant tapped and split in OP. Tapped for equal output while in humbucker mode, and full output in the hot coil when split.

    From what I have learned here, manufacturers circumvent the need for tapping through how they unbalance the coils.
     
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    Basically you mean one 7.5k coil and one 4k coil.

    Humbucker - coil 1 tapped to 4k for an 8k humbucker.
    Single coil - coil 1 untapped for a 7.5k single sound.

    Huge bonus if someone would make it with alnico slugs on the coil left for single sounds.
     
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    Exactly as you describe
     
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    This can be built, but I haven't seen it on a production pickup. I've seen plenty of unbalanced coils, though.
     
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    I thought PRS did this with some of their designs.

    Also, the stock Duncan Hyperions on my Ibanez AZ have some "power-tap" settings where one of the coils gets tapped. I don't know what the individual coil windings are like. It's an interesting idea, though I don't use those sounds all that much.
     
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    I think PRS just uses specific valued resistors on their splits to bleed some of the off coil back in until it sounds good.
     
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    Not related to your post, and I apologize, but I LOVE your avatar.
     
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    Haha thanks @FokenBusker :)
     
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