#1
Hey guys, I'm new here.

I've got an American Strat that has a duncan invader humbucker in the bridge and stock single coils in the middle and neck pickups. My problem is obviously that the single neck pickup output isn't enough to match the output of the humbucker and I'm trying to make due with what I have at the moment before upgrading to some new pickups.

I was suggested of coil tapping the humbucker, but I thought a better solution would be to wire the middle and neck pickups together as a humbucker and just use position 1 and 5 on my switch since the middle pickup rarely gets any use when gigging. I've heard they are wired differently so they could noise-cancel each other? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

If anyone out there could help me out it'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
#3
Quote by rageahol
Position 2 does that.


I was planning on wiring it to position 5. I only plan on using positions 1 (bridge humbucker) and 5 (middle + neck single coils function as humbucker) with this new setup for simplicity. Is it an easy solder job? It's been 7+ years since I installed the humbucker.
#4
Or you can do what i'll do with my build. Put a Tele style 3way switch, and as you say, morph singlecoils into the humbucker. All you have to do is to solder the grounds (black wires) from both singlecoils together, and the two hot wires as ground and hot. Since they are swappable, it just changes the sound if you use either of them in either position.
EDIT: heres a diagram(thats for two volumes pot btw).
Last edited by n1ckn1ce at Jan 18, 2012,
#5
Or you can do what i'll do with my build. Put a Tele style 3way switch, and as you say, morph singlecoils into the humbucker. All you have to do is to solder the grounds (black wires) from both singlecoils together, and the two hot wires as ground and hot. Since they are swappable, it just changes the sound if you use either of them in either position.
EDIT: heres a diagram(thats for two volumes pot btw).
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4049/wiringschemnatic.pnghttp://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/randomhero/index.php
Last edited by hawk5211 at Jan 18, 2012,
#6
Quote by hawk5211


EDIT: Nope, sorry, I'm not thinking here. That will work fine. Would be better if the mid was RWRP though...



What do you mean RWRP?
#7
Quote by rwhite18
What do you mean RWRP?

reverse wound, reverse polarity IIRC
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#8
Quote by Demonic82
reverse wound, reverse polarity IIRC


Yup

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#9
Still wont match the output of the humbucker...it's not like it'll double up, and it still wont sound like a humbucker. It will increase the resistance, but I doubt it'll increase the output. Either lower your humbucker, or get higher output single coils if you want a balanced volume between pickups.
#10
Quote by ethan_hanus
Still wont match the output of the humbucker...it's not like it'll double up, and it still wont sound like a humbucker. It will increase the resistance, but I doubt it'll increase the output. Either lower your humbucker, or get higher output single coils if you want a balanced volume between pickups.


Have you ever done it?

It increases the output a fair bit (not doubling, but a noticeable amount). As for matching the output of the humbucker, likely not, but it will get it alot closer.
#11
Quote by hawk5211
Have you ever done it?

It increases the output a fair bit (not doubling, but a noticeable amount). As for matching the output of the humbucker, likely not, but it will get it alot closer.


No I haven't, but if it actually worked, and sounded decent, I'm sure more people would be doing it...and I doubt any two single Fender single coils in series could match the output of an Invader.
#14
Quote by ethan_hanus
No I haven't, but if it actually worked, and sounded decent, I'm sure more people would be doing it...and I doubt any two single Fender single coils in series could match the output of an Invader.


http://www.espguitars.co.jp/artist/aoi/index.html

Sir may i direct your eyes to the guitars in the link above Yes those are two single-coils one next to each other, they aren't really wired to sound together from the get-go but with the flip of a switch... Some amazing things may happen.

And not sounding like a Full Humbucker? Let your ears be the judge of that :3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez6NJ2BfP78

And you go on ahead TS, all you have to do is basically wire the grounds and hot together on the Neck+Mid, but shouldn't a strat already be wired like this on position 2? :s
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Quote by Heilz
http://www.espguitars.co.jp/artist/aoi/index.html

Sir may i direct your eyes to the guitars in the link above Yes those are two single-coils one next to each other, they aren't really wired to sound together from the get-go but with the flip of a switch... Some amazing things may happen.

And not sounding like a Full Humbucker? Let your ears be the judge of that :3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez6NJ2BfP78

And you go on ahead TS, all you have to do is basically wire the grounds and hot together on the Neck+Mid, but shouldn't a strat already be wired like this on position 2? :s


Still doesn't sound like a humbucker...sounds like two single coils to be honest.

Let me direct you to a Single coil that solves all single coil problems for metal, quite, puts humbuckers to shame, and is a true single coil. Listen to the sounds clips.

http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=strats&sub=contemporary&pickup=the_sinner