#1
so, currently my ibanez has a HSH configuration and i wanna put a single coil neck pickup. what should i do with the humbucker cavity ? all ideas are greatly appreciated
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#2
Does the guitar have a pickguard?
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#3
nope, that's the main problem. and i doubt i could find a pickup perfect for my ibanez though.
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#4
Well it's kinda hard to fill in if you're new to routing and such, if that's what your asking. If it has a pickguard, you can find one online routed for HSS, somewhere. If not, I'd just put a 4 conductor neck 'bucker, and wire in a push/pull for coil splitting.
#5
why do you want to change the humbucker for a single coil?
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#6
cause i prefer a single coil for my neck rather than a humbucker for the nice clean tone. the.spine.surfs, i'm aware of the difficulty, but there's no way around it right ?
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#7
if i was you i would go to a shop and let a pro do it
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#8
no doubt they'd overcharge it. what if i replace the humbucker for a single coil but leave the cavity unchanged ? would it be recommended ?
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#9
Your best solution, IMO, is to get a lower output, humbucker-sized soapbar pickup. I mean, if you don't want to install a switch and do coil splitting.
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#10
i guess you're right, Dirk Gently. thanks for the help guys
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#11
TS, I have a single coil in the neck position of my RG7321, which origionally had a humbucker. Looks a bit odd, but fits fine...I don't mind the little gap, but I'm not pickey about that guitar's looks, it's more of a go-to workhorse for me.
#12
You could put an extra single coil in the cavity so it looks like a humbucker.
There are also little conversion covers available. They're a mounting ring for a single coil, but covers the humbucker cavity.
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#13
you could use a p90 humbucker size pickup maybe.

Or, as difficult as it is,
I think you can fill it using some kind of woodfiller, obviously sanding it down, but leaving room for you single coil
But to make this match in with your guitar, it would require a complete refinish.

It is possible, but i'd take the easy option in my opinion
#14
i was thinking of refinishing my guitar anyways, so it wouldn't be any trouble. thanks for the help
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#16
i would just stick 2 SC's in there...should be possible right?

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#17
^ In theory it would, but I just forgot that single coil pickup bases are more pentagon shaped than rectangle shaped. You could put in one single coil, and a cover for a single coil. You could even put something silver under the fake single coil so it looks like it has pole peices.
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