soul_power
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#1
First of all whats the diffrence between a tap and a split because ive heard both? I want to split my humbucker signal so that i can use it as a single coil. What parts do i need and how would i go about doing this?
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CorduroyEW
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#2
A split is when you have 2 coils that are split. A tap is when you have a coil that has 2 out wires. One is somewhere in the middle of the coil and one is actually at the end of the coil. A split makes it so that you can turn off a coil. A tap makes it so you can turn off half of a coil.

If you want to split your humbucker then your humbucker has to have a 4 conductor wire. It it doesn't have 4 conductor wire then then you can't split it.
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#3
Quote by CorduroyEW
If you want to split your humbucker then your humbucker has to have a 4 conductor wire. It it doesn't have 4 conductor wire then then you can't split it.

Well, you can actually, it's just a pain in the arse to achieve.
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forsaknazrael
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#4
You'd need a DPDT switch...but a push/pull pot is better, IMO. Doesn't change your stock appearance - if you don't feel like drilling a new hole, this is essential.
Then you'd need your standard soldering tools (soldering iron, solder, desoldering braid), a 4 wire humbucker, and a circuit to follow.
Here's a basic coil split diagram: http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/schematics/coil_splitting.html
But if you go to their main schematics page...
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/schematics.shtml
You'll be able to find something more suited to your specific guitar model.

I'd suggest trying out/checking out a Series/Parallel switch, instead, though. I've tried both types of mods, and found the Series/Parallel to be more useful than a coil split.
soul_power
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Quote by forsaknazrael
You'd need a DPDT switch...but a push/pull pot is better, IMO. Doesn't change your stock appearance - if you don't feel like drilling a new hole, this is essential.
Then you'd need your standard soldering tools (soldering iron, solder, desoldering braid), a 4 wire humbucker, and a circuit to follow.
Here's a basic coil split diagram: http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/schematics/coil_splitting.html
But if you go to their main schematics page...
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/schematics.shtml
You'll be able to find something more suited to your specific guitar model.

I'd suggest trying out/checking out a Series/Parallel switch, instead, though. I've tried both types of mods, and found the Series/Parallel to be more useful than a coil split.

Ok, im a bit confused on the specific model thing. I have 2 humbuckers, 1 volume, 1 tone and a 3 way. I just want the bridge split to start off with to see if i like it. What options do i choose?
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Quote by forsaknazrael
Just gotta combine wiring schemes.
Wire the bridge humbucker like so:
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/schematics/2h_1v_1t_3w_2pp.html

And wire the neck like so:
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/schematics/2h_1v_1t_3w.html

K, those are both push pull tones and volumes right? It j/ says tone and volume, its not very specific.
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