#1
Hey

I currently have an Ibanez something or other (cant remember the exact model off hand) but its one of the cheaper ones anyway, certainly nothing expensive and extravagent.

I got it when I first started playing seriously a couple years back and have a pickup question.

It currently has a couple of humbuckers on it, INF3 for the nexk and INF4 for the bridge, dont know if that means anything!

Anyhoo I was wondering if I could replace these with single coils and if so how expensive is it roughly. I ask only because i know nothing about these sorts of things and clearly the whole that the humbuckers sit in is going to be too big for single coils...i assume

Anyway any help would be appreciated

Cheers
#2
wouldnt reccomend it, the body would be routed out for humbuckers and youd be left with gaping holes around your pickups. I'd reccomend getting a set of splittable humbuckers so you can have both.
you wanna buy a bus ticket mate?
#3
There are humbucker-sized singlecoils, yes, but why in the world would you want to do that anyway? I find guitars with only humbuckers are way more versatile than guitars with only single coils.
Anyway, I'd recommend checking if the humbuckers have four conductor wiring (I'm pretty sure those two have), so you could just add a switch to coil split the humbuckers. When split, only one of the humbucker's coils will be used, so it will work as a single coil. It will still not sound as brilliant and clear as a genuine single coil, but it comes pretty close. Plus you won't sacrafice the fat humbucker sound.

I can try to look for some humbucker sized single coils for you if you want me to, but anyhow, we have a the guitar bulding and customizing forum for questions like this:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=53

I recommend you check it out, the guys over there now a lot more about the subject.

EDIT: Fixed the link.
Last edited by TheQuailman at Jun 16, 2008,
#4
Yeah, I'm not sure why you'd want to do this either. I'd stick with the humbuckers. If anything, swap them out for better ones instead of single coils. Or like previously suggested, coil split them.
#6
Here are some links to humbucker-sized p-90 pickups. P-90's are technically single coils, but they have more output and a more agressive sound than most other single coils. They are an inbetween thing between humbucker and single coil soundwise. They sound wonderful clean, but you get the typical single coil humming when playing with a lot of overdrive, which can get quite annyoing.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/seymour_duncan_ssph901b_chrom.htm
http://www.thomann.de/gb/seymour_duncan_ssph901n_chrom.htm
http://www.thomann.de/gb/gibson_p94_r_cremechrome.htm

No luck finding anything else at the moment. But I'll see what I can do.

EDIT: I still strongly recomment to NOT do this.
Last edited by TheQuailman at Jun 16, 2008,
#7
Cheeers guys, especially TheQuailman.

The reason i want to swap them is I find the tone on the humbuckers far too "bass-ey" and would like something similar, was playing a mate's Fender Strat the other day and loved the sound of it so was hoping to get a similar sound, I dont have enough money to buy a decent guitar and thisone has sentimental value anyway..

Quailman: "Anyway, I'd recommend checking if the humbuckers have four conductor wiring (I'm pretty sure those two have), so you could just add a switch to coil split the humbuckers. When split, only one of the humbucker's coils will be used, so it will work as a single coil. It will still not sound as brilliant and clear as a genuine single coil, but it comes pretty close".

How would I do the above?

Cheers again all
#8
First thing you need to check is if your pickups have four conductor wiring. You'll just have to unscrew them and see how many wires they have. If there are four, you can wire the humbucker to a coil split switch. However, I haven't done something like that myself yet, so I can't give you much advise. But I found this little tutorial for you, though it is only about DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan pickups. Anyway, maybe it helps a little:

http://www.1728.com/guitar.htm
EDIT: It's under 'coil-cut switch', pretty much at the bottom of the page.

Only thing I can tell you is to ask for a better answer in this section of the forums:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=53

The people there are far more knowledgable in terms of customizing guitars than I am. Good luck.