#1
If i have a humbucker with a coil tap, how har would it be to set in a new humbucker, but with the same coil tap?
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If i have a humbucker with a coil tap, how har would it be to set in a new humbucker, but with the same coil tap?


You'll have to be careful about this kind of thing; some humbuckers can't be tapped so you'll have to make sure the one you want to use can be to begin with but beyond that I don't know.
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just get another four conducter humbucker and replace the wires exactly like the old one.
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just get another four conducter humbucker and replace the wires exactly like the old one.

This would work for coil splitting or in/out phasing but coil tapping invloves the way the wire is wound from the factory all 4 wire pick ups can be coil split but not necesarrily coil tapped.(common misconception I used to think the same myself)

Before installing your new one, go to the manufacturers web site to make sure the pick up is tapped. If not you can still use the push pull swith to coil spilt it as long as there are 4 wires.
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#5
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This would work for coil splitting or in/out phasing but coil tapping invloves the way the wire is wound from the factory all 4 wire pick ups can be coil split but not necesarrily coil tapped.(common misconception I used to think the same myself)

Before installing your new one, go to the manufacturers web site to make sure the pick up is tapped. If not you can still use the push pull swith to coil spilt it as long as there are 4 wires.


So what exactly is the difference between the two (tapping and splitting)?
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Stolen from the Seymour Duncan FAQ:

What is a coil tap?
A coil tap refers to a lead connected to an individual coil’s winding and is used to raise and lower a pickup’s output and change its tone. This is most often utilized on single coil pickups where the player wants a higher output pickup but also wants to be able to switch to a lower output and more vintage-type tone using the same pickup. Many of our pickups for Strat® and Tele® are available in tapped versions for an additional $1 - $11, depending on the model. In addition,you can special order a "Shop Floor Custom" tapped version of any other pickup for an upcharge of $12.

What is coil splitting?
Coil splitting refers to the ability to disable one coil in a humbucker-type pickup. This offers the player option of getting a single coil-type tone from a humbucker-loaded guitar. Many pickups have three- or four-conductor wiring that allows for one coil to be disabled by shorting one coil to either ground or hot. All production Seymour Duncan humbuckers can be purchased with four-conductor wiring either stock from the factory or as a Production Floor Custom order. The exceptions to this rule are the Vintage Rails (SVR-1) and Duckbuckers (SDBR-1), which are wired internally in parallel from the factory.
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#7
When you coil split a humbucker it basically makes it as close to a single coil as you can get by cutting out one half of the pick up. Coil tapping uses both halves of the pick up but changes the output level and tone of the overall pick up. When they are wound in the factory they stop about half way thru the winding procedure and add 2 of the 4 leads then they continue winding and add the other 2 leads. Someone else may be able to explain it better but thats as close as I can get with the amount of brain cells I have left.
Think of it this way coil split uses one coil fully wound and coil tap uses both coils partially wound. hope this helps
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#8
Quote by GOLDIE93
When you coil split a humbucker it basically makes it as close to a single coil as you can get by cutting out one half of the pick up. Coil tapping uses both halves of the pick up but changes the output level and tone of the overall pick up. When they are wound in the factory they stop about half way thru the winding procedure and add 2 of the 4 leads then they continue winding and add the other 2 leads. Someone else may be able to explain it better but thats as close as I can get with the amount of brain cells I have left.
Think of it this way coil split uses one coil fully wound and coil tap uses both coils partially wound. hope this helps


So coil splitting would produce a more single coil-like sound where tapping ends up sounding a quieter humbucker?
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YEah. a little quieter and the tone changes.
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#10
Nobody really bothers tapping humbuckers, seeing as it's a lot easier to either split them or wire them in parallel, you only really use coil taps on single coils as there's no other way to drop the output.
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Ok... I have a question. How do i know whether my humbuckers are tapped or split? I have a schecter gryphon that came with a "coil tap" which i frequently use. However, it doesn't sound much like a single coil... it just sounds like a quieter version of my pickups with slightly different tone (i would describe it as smoother and cleaner).
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Ok... I have a question. How do i know whether my humbuckers are tapped or split? I have a schecter gryphon that came with a "coil tap" which i frequently use. However, it doesn't sound much like a single coil... it just sounds like a quieter version of my pickups with slightly different tone (i would describe it as smoother and cleaner).

They're split, nobody bothers tapping humbckers.
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then why did the guitar come with a little tag around the Tone knob that said "Coil Tap" ?
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#14
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then why did the guitar come with a little tag around the Tone knob that said "Coil Tap" ?

Because people give things the wrong names, same reason every Fender strat has a tremolo bridge when strictly speaking it's a vibrato.
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