Taylor Pickups (info for you)

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  1. rogue.guineapig

    rogue.guineapig Member

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    Taylor Guitar company recently started making pickups for their
    electric guitars, the T3 and Solidbody Series.
    Style 1 is a minibucker I know nothing about. Style 3 is a single coil.

    Style 2 is a traditional humbucker with coil-splitting options.
    They make HG (High Gain) and HD (High Definition) varients
    for both the bridge and the neck in Style 2.

    They are a standard 4 wire/ground configuration for wiring purposes.
    The wires are colored in exactly the same manner as Seymour Duncan, that is:
    Black: North Coil Start
    Green: South Coil Start
    White: North Coil End
    Red: South Coil Finish
    Thick Black: Drain/ground/braided/shield



    The Style 2 HG (High Gain) Bridge runs at
    10,350 ohms when run as a standard humbucker.
    The HG bridge has larger poles and omits the standard
    adjustable screws in the single coil.

    The Style 2 HD (High Def) Neck runs at 6,350 ohms when run as a standard humbucker.
    The HD Neck does have the adjustable poles on the single coil.


    The leads are long enough on these pickups to comfortably wire a
    standard sized Les Paul. the neck is quite a bit shorter once it reaches
    the pot-pocket on the back of the Paul, but it is workable without
    extensions assuming you have cut the Molex connector off properly.
    You may find the need to split the outer rubber insulation back in
    order to solder correctly.
    Also, the pups fit just fine in the standard mounting
    brackets.

    UPDATE:I soldered the pups in as the Seymour Duncan guide said to and the pups work fine.
    I'll get a chance this afternoon to see what the tonal quality is like.
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    It's late and I am only doing basic wiring. They're going to be wired
    like this for now, but when the push-pulls come I'll have them
    wired for coil-splitting fun. I hope to have tonal reviews
    and thoughts soon.
     
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    dognmoon Supporting Member

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    I'm curious to hear more about the results and the split sounds.

    thanks in advance,
     
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    Those polepiece slugs look like silver dollars...
     
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    Yeah, I've got both the High Gain and High Def humbuckers sitting on my desk right now. And today was the day to try to mod my Les Paul Standard for more clarity. I thought for sure that I could just upgrade pots and caps with satifactory results. It never crossed my mind to drop those Taylor pups in there.
     
  5. GtrDr

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    Taylor sells these pickups separately? How do they sound?
     
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    They sell them through TaylorWare. Yeah, they sound really good. I just swapped my Hi-Def's out for Hi-Gains and I actually prefer the HDs. Obviously they're a little more articulate. High output, though. And the Hi-Gains are still nice and clear, but when a/b'ing them, I like the HDs a little more.

    They're now doing fully loaded pickguards, too, with Molex connectors (quick solderless clips) so you can swap out p/g's in a matter of minutes.
     

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