#1
i saw that these two get mixed sometimes and i was wondering if there are any differences between them ?
a coil split makes a bucker sound like a single coil, right ?
then what does a coil tap do ?
and what's up with that series and parallel switching thing i see sometimes ? how does it work and what does it do ?
and what is an 'out of phase switch' ?

thanks alot
#2
The difference is that coil taps don't exist.
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#3
coil taps do exist.. although they're quite rare.
A coil tap allows you to tap a part of your pups coil wire (with a specially wound pup that is). This allows you to choose between the entire coilwire or a part of it, thus changing the pups tone.
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I didnt think they were rare at all, I see them more than coil splits and i have a tap on my schecter.
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^ does it give you a lot more hum when you switch it on, especially near a pc monitor or something like that? In that case it's a coil split, not a coil tap Because those 2 terms are constantly mixed up even by the manufacturers. Suckers.

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#6
ive never played it near a computer or anything I don't think. lol Ill try it though to see. It does buzz more period though
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#7
i saw that these two get mixed sometimes and i was wondering if there are any differences between them ?

yes. People often call a coil split a coil tap, it's a bit like how a tremolo tailpiece gives you the ability to use vibrato rather than tremolo.

a coil split makes a bucker sound like a single coil, right ?

sort of, but not quite. technically it should, but i find it sounds more like a quieter but more focussed humbucker sound.

then what does a coil tap do ?

it reduces the output of the pickup, to give a more flat frequency response curve (basically, treble, mid and bass frequencies are more balanced level)

and what's up with that series and parallel switching thing i see sometimes ? how does it work and what does it do ?

Difficult to explain but i'll try.
Series is all the pickups in a line in the electrical circuit, so the combined output is the sum of the output of the individual pickups. Like a les paul (i think)
Parallel is all the pickups joined along its own route in the circuit, so the combined output is less, the advantage is the sound has more high end output and is better for cleans. pickups in a stratocaster are usually wired in parallel
this also applies to the coils in humbuckers, they are usually in series, hence the big, hot output, but you can connect the coils in parallel to get a brighter tone with a little less output

and what is an 'out of phase switch' ?

its kind of difficult to explain. When you reverse the phase, you are inverting the electrical signal. This combined with an in-phase signal will cancel out, but because on a guitar, the pickups will be in a different position, put the pickups out of phase they will only cancel out the frequencies that they both produce, and it will give you a thin, brittle tone.

EDIT: also guys, sometimes the guitar companies will get their terminology mixed up, thats exactly why the tremolo effect on some fender amps is labelled "vibrato". Schecter might call it a coil tap when its a coil split. I think Ibanez sort of relay between them too. If its on a single coil though, its definitely a tap, because you can't coil split a single coil.
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#8
Yeah, coil taps are there, but are really rare as they're a pain to do with guitars.

And out of phase signals aren't better for cleans. They don't cut through the mix well and sound very nasal.
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Yeah, coil taps are there, but are really rare as they're a pain to do with guitars.

And out of phase signals aren't better for cleans. They don't cut through the mix well and sound very nasal.

he said that the out of phase signals were more nasaly and thin, and that the in phase parallel wiring was better for cleans
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he said that the out of phase signals were more nasaly and thin, and that the in phase parallel wiring was better for cleans

Ah, I read too quickly.
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