#1
OK guys, first off lemme say this a n00b question and probably a retarded one, but, here goes. I am thinking about replacing my pickups, right? Right now I have humbuckers in my guitar. I was thinking about getting single coils, but if i took the 'buckers out and put singles in, would that leave a big hole in my guitar where the other coil would be. Again, sorry for the question, I'm kinda new to this.
Ben
#2
^ Does your guitar have a pickguard? If it does, you may be able to get a replacement pickguard that has single coil slots rather than humbuckers. Otherwise, yeah, big holes. You could also go with a humbucker-sized soapbar, which is essentially a big single coil. It'll brighten up and twang up your sound a bit.
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#3
TYPICALLY, you can't put single coils in a humbucker made guitar and vise versa.
But you an rout it sometimes. Does your guitar have a pickguard?

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#4
No, no pickguard on the guitar. But I've heard stuff about those soapbars, but i heard their just like humbuckers.
Ben
#5
well, if you have 2 humbuckers, you could put a single coil in the neck position an slant it so there's not a big hole.

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No, no pickguard on the guitar. But I've heard stuff about those soapbars, but i heard their just like humbuckers.

Real soapbars are actually big single coils. The resulting sound is between a traditional single coil and a humbucker. I really like my guitar with soapbars. Gorgeous, warm cleans and puts out good distortion. What you could do in your case is get 2 new 4-conductor humbuckers and then put in a push-pull switch for coil tapping. That way, you can get single coil tones when you want them and humbucker tones when you want them.
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#7
Yeah, the tone I'm looking for is more early classic rock (Beatles [till '65], Kinks), so I'm looking for singles or humbuckers with low outputs.
Ben
#8
Oh yeah, install coil splitting. I don't think you have to get new new pickups though, just new switches for the tone pots or whatever. Or mini switches. Wait, do you have 2 volume/ 2 tone knobs?

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^ So you're essentially looking for the Rickenbacker 330 > Vox AC15 tone
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Oh yeah, install coil splitting. I don't think you have to get new new pickups though, just new switches for the tone pots or whatever. Or mini switches. Wait, do you have 2 volume/ 2 tone knobs?

Most guitars don't come with stock pickups that have 4 conductor wiring which you need for coil tapping/splitting/phasing/etc.
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#13
^ That's going to be hard to do without actually owning a Ric. The reason is, Rics are made of solid maple, which give them that tremendous brightness, then use those "toaster-style" pickups which are unique to them. The other type of Ric pickups are soapbars, I think. They don't use "traditional" pickup styles.
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#14
Go with coil-splitting. It turns off half the humbucker to sound like a single. Look on DiMarzio's or Seymour Duncan's site for wiring diagrams. Or, if you don't like to solder, bring it to a tech. Plus I think you need push/pull knobs. But those are like $5.

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I've heard about coil-splitting. But after you split, can you still use the humbucker as one in addition to the two?
Ben
#17
I mean. I split the coils. I then have a neck humbucker and a bridge which acts as two single coils. can you still use the bridge as if you never split them and use it as a humbucker?
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#18
Yes, there's a switch that turns it off/on. (split/full)

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Sure, you'd just have to wire each pickup to their own switch.
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