#1
Hey guys,
Trying to buy some seymour duncans for a dean hardtail select over the internet, however I keep finding next to the description phrases such as "4 Conductor" or "Single Conductor" or "Hookup".
Haven't a clue what these mean in all honesty, could someone out there show me the error in my ways?
Would be much appreciated!
Cheers all!
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#2
I've never honestly heard the term "hookup" before but the 2 and 4 conductor options affect what you can do with switching options; 4 conductor pickups can be coil tapped or split depending on how they're wired and a couple of other things but I'm not too sure what they are. 2 conductor pickups don't have his option but they're simpler to wire if you're not used to doing electronics and things.
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I've never honestly heard the term "hookup" before but the 2 and 4 conductor options affect what you can do with switching options; 4 conductor pickups can be coil tapped or split depending on how they're wired and a couple of other things but I'm not too sure what they are. 2 conductor pickups don't have his option but they're simpler to wire if you're not used to doing electronics and things.


Say I'm putting the humbucker into the neck of a guitar that has a 3 way switch, I take it that i only need a 2 conductor option. One for front pickup and the other to split the pickup between the neck and bridge?
#4
Well at it's most basic, yes, but you can also use the 4 conductor option to wire things like push/pull pots for coil tapping/splitting.
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Well at it's most basic, yes, but you can also use the 4 conductor option to wire things like push/pull pots for coil tapping/splitting.


No I won't be needing that, just pure neck pickup and neck and bridge pickup combinations!
#6
yeah, if you're going for the simple 3-way switch, you only need 2 conductor, as zaphod says, it'll be easier to wire.

the other thing is, though, if you ever think you might need more complex wiring options in the future (say you swap them to a different guitar, or want to sell them on), 4 conductor would be a better bet.
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yeah, if you're going for the simple 3-way switch, you only need 2 conductor, as zaphod says, it'll be easier to wire.

the other thing is, though, if you ever think you might need more complex wiring options in the future (say you swap them to a different guitar, or want to sell them on), 4 conductor would be a better bet.


So can I buy a 4 conductor one then and still stick it in, just not use the 2 spare conductors? They will be fine just hanging in there unconnected?
#8
no, i think you have to wire them up somehow. You might have to solder some of the wires together or something like that (don't trust what i'm saying, i'm not sure- there should be info on what to do on pickup manufacturers' websites).
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