#1
Well, I've been considering replacing my guitar's pickups with P-90's or something similar, but every pickup I find is too expensive, and that's without the installation fees. Then I heard about coil tapping, and after reading a little about it, I liked the idea, and wanted to try it.

So, would any of you advise against or for it and why? Is it something that a local shop could do or would it have to be done by a specialist?

Also, would you say it'd be more useful than replacing my humbuckers or not?
#2
One thing I love with 4 conductor pups (the ones you use for coil tapping) is that if you link them up to a pot instead of a switch, you can tweak the amount of each half of the humbucker for a variety of tones
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#3
Yeah, if I get it done, I'm gonna have it linked to my volume or tone rather than having another switch fitted.
#4
^you're thinking about coil splitting, not coil tapping.
Although, jaffawoman, did you mean coil splitting or coil tapping?

edit: from your last post, I'm guessing coil splitting is what you meant.

And if you want to use the same hole as a volume/tone knob, you can use a push/pull pot (that way you still have the tone/volume control, and you can switch between full humbucker/split), or you could just re-wire it as a coil fader as explained earlier (but losing the volume/tone control), or you could use a concentric pot to have both a coil fader as well as the vol./tone whose hole you're using.
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#5
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Yeah, if I get it done, I'm gonna have it linked to my volume or tone rather than having another switch fitted.

Link it to the tone, lots of pups can sound better without a tone pot, and many more sound different, but not worse or better. It'd be wise to keep the volume. The explorer copy I built doesn't have a tone or volume, but when I need a ton of dynamic contrast I'll whip out the strat

EDIT: Erm, he's right. Coil splitting is preferable to coil tapping, because tapping is simulating splitting. It's like the difference between a marshall and a line 6 spider set to marshall
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#6
Alright, it looks like coil splitting is what I'm looking for. I'm not thinking of doing this myself, but I'd like to know some details to decide if I actually want it to happen.

First of all, would using the same pot as my tone affect my tone control, if I used a knob that pulls up for coil split?
#7
no, it won't affect the tone control at all. A push-pull pot is a pot and a switch, but they're completely independant from eachother.
and it's not too hard to do it yourself if you don't want to have to take it to a pro.
#8
Well, I'm sure my local guitar shop would be able to do it for me, especially if it's not too hard, it's just that I don't want to have to take it to a highly-priced professional, while the most technical thing I've ever done is changing pickup height.
Would it take long or could it be finished in a couple of hours? Because if I can get it done, but it's gonna take a while, it's going to be inconvenient for band practice.
#9
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Link it to the tone, lots of pups can sound better without a tone pot, and many more sound different, but not worse or better. It'd be wise to keep the volume. The explorer copy I built doesn't have a tone or volume, but when I need a ton of dynamic contrast I'll whip out the strat

EDIT: Erm, he's right. Coil splitting is preferable to coil tapping, because tapping is simulating splitting. It's like the difference between a marshall and a line 6 spider set to marshall


Tapping is when you take a single coil and you turn off some of the windings, giving you a different tone.
Splitting is when you turn off one coil of a humbucker.
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