#1
can you put humbuckers on a guitar that doesnt already have them. if so would it be more expensive to put them on or just sell the guitar and get one that has them.
#2
Yes you can do it, but you'd have to route out the humbucker shape into the guitar.

On some guitar though, such as Squier Strats, they are already routed for humbuckers underneath the scratchplate.

What guitar have do you want to install humbuckers in?
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#3
a regular humbucker obviously wouldn't fit a singlecoil slot, but you can get humbucking pickups that are the size of singlecoils
I know DiMarzio have got some, Seymour Duncan as well, I think. (And probably most other pickup manufacturers)
#5
Ah yeah, forgot to mention that. Alot of people really like Lace Sensor pups.
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Ibanez GRG170DX
Fender Telecaster MiJ - 1986
Swing T-Through

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Sovtek Small Stone - c.1985
EHX Big Muff
Kimbara Wah - c.1974
Boss GE-7

Orange Rocker 30 Combo

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#7
a humbucker has 2 coils so that it cancels out a lot of the buzzing you get.

You can put mini-humbuckers in guitars that had single coils before. Seymour duncan do that sort of pickup i know.
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#8
the js20 has a humbucker. do u mean another one?
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#9
Quote by Blompcube
a humbucker has 2 coils so that it cancels out a lot of the buzzing you get.

You can put mini-humbuckers in guitars that had single coils before. Seymour duncan do that sort of pickup i know.

I wouldn't call them mini-humbuckers.
I'd call them single-coil sized humbuckers. Mini-humbuckers are a whole 'nother kind of beast entirely.
#10
My mate said humbuckers need different wiring or voltage or somethink like that compared to single-coils, is this true? If it is it would be more difficult to change...
#11
no they dont.

only active pickups (like emgs) need a battery to run them.
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#13
they should be all over the place but it's basically a soldering job. Actually, it's a soldering job. just look up like pickup wiring on google or electric guitar wiring or custom guitar wiring or something and they should have wiring configurations for different stuff and you just follow that. If you need directions on how to solder then just google that.
#15
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My mate said humbuckers need different wiring or voltage or somethink like that compared to single-coils, is this true? If it is it would be more difficult to change...

...No. you'd maybe need to change the pots, as single coils usually use 250K pots, and humbuckers usually use 500K, but they still work with either value. It's just that 250K pots are used to warm up the sound of a single coil a bit, and vice versa with with a humbucker.
#16
i dont know. ill say this again in case the TS missed it...


THAT GUITAR HAS A HUMBUCKER IN THE BRIDGE.


so swap out that humbucker for another, and toss a mini bucker in the neck.
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#19
^ well the ones linked under "this" look like p90s.

railed pups
fit in a single space, dont sound exaclty like full sized humbuckers but work pretty well in the neck. that's a seymour duncan Hot RAils.

dimarzio makes stacked mini humbuckers, look just like single coils but are actually two single coils stacked one on top of the other.
check out the Virtual Vintage series by dimazio. they have a lot of kick.

as for the humbucker uve got in ur bridge, if u want to upgrade it, ull need to talk about what type of music u listen to.

more importantly, what amp ur using now. Amp effects tone a bunch more than pickups.
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#20
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can you put humbuckers on a guitar that doesnt already have them. if so would it be more expensive to put them on or just sell the guitar and get one that has them.

Yes you can put humbuckers on most solid-body guitars. You might have to route out the cavity the pickup sits in if it's not big enough (that's what I did). Pickups are fairly cheap ($50 or so), but an amp or pedal will effect your sound more than a pickup does (unless you want the humbucker because it cancels out a 60-cycle hum).
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#21
Quote by jj1565
so swap out that humbucker for another, and toss a mini bucker in the neck.

Careful, mini-humbuckers and single coil sized humbuckers are different animals, Jenny.
Ya confused the TS, there.

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that's a seymour duncan Hot RAils.

Which ya should NOT stick in your neck position. Just so you know, TS. It'd sound pretty bad.
#22
hot rails sound better in the neck compared to the bridge imo.


they are very treble heavy and the neck HRs feel much more balanced. personally i prefer dimarzio. but doesnt mean he wouldnt like HR neck.

also, i REALLY dont see how he can be confused by what i meant. i added a picture and described the all the options. i dont think i could have been more clear.
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#24
well it's alder i doubt mud will be a problem. but again, i like dimarzio stacked, better over all.
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#26
ive got that in my alder MIM neck. it's a little dark. nice tone tho. works well with Virt vintage heavy blues in my mid spot.

the site says they are interchangable, i bet the YJM would be great in a mid too.

i was thinking of selling my schecter, picking up another strat, to mod for the heck of it.
id definately go with dimarzio. duncan has some nice full sized humbuckers but the railed, arent as full as stacked, imo.

also i know use of the term "mini humbucker" is technically wrong. it's just that no one ever asks about the p-90s, so it hasnt been a problem.
no worries, ill used railled from now on. we dont want any mix ups.
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#27
Quote by jj1565
i was thinking of selling my schecter, picking up another strat, to mod for the heck of it.
id definately go with dimarzio. duncan has some nice full sized humbuckers but the railed, arent as full as stacked, imo.

Go for it! new guitars bought solely for modding are awesome, haha. I feel like buying an epi Strat for the sole purpose of sticking some Burns Trisonics in there.

Quote by jj1565
also i know use of the term "mini humbucker" is technically wrong. it's just that no one ever asks about the p-90s, so it hasnt been a problem.
no worries, ill used railled from now on. we dont want any mix ups.

No one asks about P-90's? That's a shame, those are my favorite kind of pickup...I am dying for an Epi Casino...
Anyway, no worries, I'm just a little OCD about things like that for some reason.