#1
I have a strat that I am either going to place a bridge humbucker in or do the Ultra Strat Mod to. One of the Ultra Strat Mod's features is series and parallel switching, which is supposed to make the neck and middle arrangement sound like a neck humbucker and the middle and bridge arrangement sound like a bridge humbucker. Or so I've heard. I wanted to know if anyone had experience in this mod or series and parallel wiring with single coils. What should I do to my strat and how do the "humbuckers" sound?
#3
parallel wiring is just the usual positions 2 and 4 on a strat's 5-way switch, i think. you probably already know how that sounds- kind of hollow, a little phasey, kind of thing.

series just ups the output and makes it sound a bit fatter. It doesn't sound exactly like a humbucker, though- closer to one, but not exact. It's kind of the opposite thing to coil splits on a humbucker, which sound a lot closer to a single coil, but again not exact.

Basically (the way I'd consider it, anyway), if the humbucker tone is your main priority, just get a real humbucker in there. If you only use a humbucker tone occasionally and the single coil tones are still your main priority, go with the series wiring and it might suffice for the little you need that humbucker tone.



EDIT: i think Fender USA deluxe strats have series wiring, as an extra switching option. if you can find one of those in a shop, you can try it first. Head over to the fender website to make sure you know which switch setting gets you the series mode, though.
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#6
I have an American Deluxe Strat. I rarely use the parallel wiring because I have other guitars and that one is mainly for strat tones. Some of the positions do sound really good. It's not like a humbucker but it's it's own thing.