#1
In a nutshell, I have an HSH guitar that I bought before I realized I really like the sound of a single-coil in the neck. I'd like to find a humbucker that can make it sound less like a humbucker and more like a single-coil. No more than $80 preferably, as when I eventually buy this pickup, I want to buy a new bridge pickup too, so I want to keep costs manageable.
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#2
Your best bet- if you can't exchange/sell the axe you've got- is probably something like a HB-sized P90, Supro or some other kind of oversized singlecoil.

Perhaps something like a RailHammer Tel90?
http://www.railhammer.com/pickups.html

Or something from Vintage Vibe?
http://vintagevibeguitars.com/windows/hum90_alnicoWin.html
http://vintagevibeguitars.com/windows/hum_bladeWin.html
http://vintagevibeguitars.com/windows/hum90puWin.html

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#4
Humbuckers can't really sound like singlecoils unless you do just that, convert them to singlecoils. There are humbuckers that are bright like single coils, but brightness does not automatically mean having a single coil sound.

Mini humbuckers sound pretty close.
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#5
You (Or a good tech) could wire in a coil spilt to give you the best of both worlds. I am not sure how the wiring would work with a HSH guitar but I am sure it could be done although it might blow your budget a little.
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#6
Don't most HSH guitars already have coil splitting? (I was operating under that assumption, or I would have suggested it. )
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What guitar is it?
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#9
^ ditto

Or alternatively get something like a duncan stag mag- it uses alnico polepieces rather than a bar magnet like regular humbuckers, and the theory is it should sound more like a real single coil when split. I haven't tried it either.

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Your best bet- if you can't exchange/sell the axe you've got- is probably something like a HB-sized P90, Supro or some other kind of oversized singlecoil.


I'm assuming when he says "single coil", he means a strat-style single. I could be wrong, of course, but if I'm not, I don't think a neck P90 sounds anything like a strat single coil- or at least no closer than a regular humbucker, or at least not much... you have extra noise and maybe a little extra sparkle on the treble as a result, I suppose To me not enough of an improvement to justify the cost and bother...
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I'm assuming when he says "single coil", he means a strat-style single. I could be wrong, of course, but if I'm not, I don't think a neck P90 sounds anything like a strat single coil- or at least no closer than a regular humbucker, or at least not much... you have extra noise and maybe a little extra sparkle on the treble as a result, I suppose To me not enough of an improvement to justify the cost and bother...

I agree in general, but it depends on how they're voiced.

The Tel90 sounds more like a beefed up Tele pickup than a traditional P90.

The VV pickups I posted were from (essentially) a custom winder who pretty much works wonders- I love the Charlie Christian and Tele pickups he did for my American flag Teleclone. I found him based on some recommendations while looking for a P90 that was "clear and sweet" to use in converting a Dean EVO into a jazzy solidbody. The demos I found of his P90s were stellar.

...hmm...still haven't modded that EVO.
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yeah i dare say a good winder could wind you something which is a lot closer to a fender-sounding single coil (I've seen some P90s recently with alnico magnet slugs rather than the bar magnet... similar idea to the duncan stag mag).

whether it'd sound closer than a stag mag (or similar), though, i dunno.
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#12
I also am starting to like the single coils more than humbuckers in the neck. Mine split (evos) but still is nowhere near the single sound. I find myself playing a lot of stuff now with the single middle pup only, it has a lot more bite for some fast stuff, and rolls back better
#13
It might not be easy to find, but Peavey made a Super Ferrite for a while that was a single coil, in humbucker size. They came in my Patriot from the factory and sound great. I found one at a guitar shop years ago and used it to replace the neck pickup in a off brand telecaster copy, the original just sucked out loud. Bridge pickup was great, the Peavey Super Ferrite made the guitar come alive...

I think they made both single coil and humbucker, so if you can find one you'll have to check it with a multimeter, resistence is different but I can't remember the values of each.
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#14
Gibson P-94 is a P90 single coil for a humbucker mounting they are nice not quite a strat sound. Humbucker from Hell is a good choice or some sort of Gretsch style humbucker like a TV Jones or a Filtron or Fideletron. If the pickup has 4 conducter wiring you can try wiring the coils in parallel still a humbucker but more single coil sound more cut.