#1
I couldn't find any threads or videos on this comparison. What are the differences? I was really thinking about getting a Gretsch. But I recently just saw the PRS Se Custom 24 guitars which have the option of coil tapping.
#2
You don't want to find threads or videos. You want to play both & decide which you prefer. You're talking about comparing two very different guitars, only you can decide what your opinion will be.
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You don't want to find threads or videos. You want to play both & decide which you prefer. You're talking about comparing two very different guitars, only you can decide what your opinion will be.

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#4
Seriously, take your amp into the store and run both guitars through it to decide which you like best. That's the only way to decide since tone is so subjective.
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Seriously, take your amp into the store and run both guitars through it to decide which you like best. That's the only way to decide since tone is so subjective.


Surely it'd make more sense to go to the store and see if the amp you have is in stock there and then ask to play through it? Seems like a hassle taking an amp to a shop just to try a guitar.

TS, I haven't played minihumbuckers but I have a Washburn X50 Pro which has coil-tap. I find it can achieve single coil-esque tones (still not exactly the same as having single-coil pickups). It doesn't really have the dynamics that you'd find in a guitar with single-coil pickups but the the sound itself isn't really too far from it.
#6
GuitarCenter is like an hour away from my house and i really dont know any music store lets me play their stuff. Obviously tone is subjective but if I didnt care about your opinions i wouldnt be asking
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Surely it'd make more sense to go to the store and see if the amp you have is in stock there and then ask to play through it? Seems like a hassle taking an amp to a shop just to try a guitar.

TS, I haven't played minihumbuckers but I have a Washburn X50 Pro which has coil-tap. I find it can achieve single coil-esque tones (still not exactly the same as having single-coil pickups). It doesn't really have the dynamics that you'd find in a guitar with single-coil pickups but the the sound itself isn't really too far from it.

You're right. I am always kinda worried about different tubes, speakers, and wear and tear when I'm making a serious decision in terms of guitar though, so I prefer to have my own amp there so I can get the best idea of what is the guitar and what is the amp. Of course, there is a lot to be said about not having to haul your amp into GC
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#8
minihumbuckers just sound like slightly brighter humbuckers. they don't sound anything like coil splits (which sound more like single coils).
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#9
A coil tap is something you do to single coil pickups. THe pickup has to be made in a specific way for it to be 'tapped'. Tapping removes some of the wire from the coil, giving you a brighter tone with less output.

A coil split means sending half of a humbucker to ground, effectively turning a two-coil pickup into a single-coil pickup. Bear in mind that because of the difference in magnets a split humbucker will not sound like a typical single coil; it sounds more like a cheap P-90 than a Strat or Tele pickup.

Mini humbuckers/minibuckers are a type of pickup, as diffrent as single coils, humbuckers, Jazzmaster pickups, Filtertrons, lipsticks, Wide Range and P-90s.
There are three pickups commonly called 'minibuckers'; only one of them is actually a minibucker, however.

A true minibucker is constructed in exactly the same way as a full-size humbucker, it is just smaller. Smaller coils, smaller magnet. The tone is almost the same as a normal humbucker but because it covers a smaller length of the strings it will give a slightly brighter tone.

Firebird pickups are often confused with minibuckers because they are the same size and use similar covers. Firebird pickups, however, use two magnets, placed very close to the top of the pickup. This gives them a much, much brighter tone, very similar to the bright attack of a Fender-style single coil pickup.

You can also get humbuckers that are made to fit in the place of a normal Stratocaster or Telecaster single coil pickup. Some peopel wrongly call these minibuckers, too. These are not too dissimilar to a minibucker, but they are a different size (to fit a single coil space) and they have a tone like a normal humbucker, not the slightly-bright minibucker.


Wiring a coil tap (note, single coil pickups):
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/schematics.php?schematic=tele_2_taps

Wiring a coil split (note, humbucker pickups):
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/schematics.php?schematic=coil_splitting


True minibucker:


Firebird pickup:


Single coil-size humbuckers:

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