#1
So I've been playing guitar for a while, yet have NEVER learned a single thing about hardware. I've always been quite lazy about it I guess. Anyway, I've been browsing for a new les paul, and the 50's reissues look amazing. The only thing is that they have Burstbucker PAFs that don't have coil tapping on them.

I'm curious, to make it so that I could coil tap (with push/pull knobs), what would be required? Would I have to change the tone/volume knobs? Replace the pickups?

(I was debating replacing the burstbuckers with 57 classics anyway so if I have to replace them it's no big deal.)

Thanks!
#2
The p'u needs to be a 4 conductor wire and you need a push/pull pot added to engage the coil tap. it is rather easy if you can soldor
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#3
Quote by Robbgnarly
The p'u needs to be a 4 conductor wire and you need a push/pull pot added to engage the coil tap. it is rather easy if you can soldor


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edit: typo
Last edited by kashmir0109 at Jun 30, 2011,
#4
uh? What does that even mean? He gave you the correct answer, the rest is up to you. You'll need to replace the pickups with a 4-conductor model. If you're smart you'll end up with something better than the '57s.
#5
Yah, well, like has been said. You want buckers that are 4-conductor. Which means they have 4 wires (plus ground). Look at this wiring diagram:
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/schematics.php?schematic=2h_2v_2t_3w_2pp

This is for two push/pull pots, meaning you'd be able to split the pups seperately. If you want to use only one switching pot for both pups, that can be done too. If I am not mistaken, it'd be done as follows:
Look at the left switching pot. The bridge pup's red and white wires are connected to the center left terminal, the upper left terminal is connected to ground. Connect the red and white wires of the neck pup to the center right terminal and the upper right terminal to ground. That should do the trick.
#7
IMO, i'd go for a seymour duncan JB in the bridge, and a 59 in the neck. Both of which are coil Splittable. Then you'll need either a DPDT toggle switch, or a DPDT push pull knob. when you get this far, come back here and i'm sure someone will draw you a diagram!
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#8
Quote by Roc8995
uh? What does that even mean? He gave you the correct answer, the rest is up to you. You'll need to replace the pickups with a 4-conductor model. If you're smart you'll end up with something better than the '57s.


Ooopss that meant to say "ah" as in "I see" I'll edit it.

Anywho, I've heard quite a bit of positive feedback on the 57's. What would you suggest for an all around good pickup with coiltapping? (I like smooth and creamy, yet searing tones, e.g. early zeppelin)


On another note, thank you very much everyone for the info. I definitely have a grasp on it now. Much appreciated!
Last edited by kashmir0109 at Jun 30, 2011,
#9
You can do way better than the 57s. They're ok pickups but not worth what gibson charges. If you want to swing for bareknuckles, the black dog set seems like a no-brainer for you. Your best bet in the good humbucker market is to go on the Gear Page and bum around on their guitar parts section. You'll find dozens of really nice humbuckers at good used prices. See what's out there and research the ones you find. For the price of a new set of 57s you could probably get away with a set of lollars or wolfetones or something really good.

Here, five seconds on the first page finds me four great sets of pickups that might suit what you want (The Suhr DSH+ is pretty hot, but the rest are pretty strictly PAF range) :
http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=915599
http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=917358
http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=919390
http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=915988