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  • whats all this spliting, tapping p.ups..ect. mean

    hi everyone, i am new to this whole swapping p.ups scene, what is splitting, tapping, push pull knobs and all that other stuff about pickups, i got a dd and jazz, what are my options, and does all this stuff have its advantages and disadvantages?.......help

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    Re: whats all this spliting, tapping p.ups..ect. mean

    splitting- using only one coil of a humbucker (making it into a single coil essentially)
    tapping- using only a portion of the coil of a pickup, lowering the output
    push pull pots- knobs that contain switches, utilized by pulling/pushing knob. The advantage is not having to drill another hole for a switch in your guitar

    I consider all of the above advantages Its good to have options

    DDs sound great split, just like a strat pickup but hotter look for diagrams on the SD website to do it

    What guitar are they going in?
    slade

    (I have avatars and sigs turned off. Do you?)

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    • #3
      Re: whats all this spliting, tapping p.ups..ect. mean

      Yup . . . danglybanger nailed it. The only thing I would add is, when you "tap" a single-coil, you don't just lower the output, (only slightly), you change its whole character. My QP takes on that vintage, jangly chime, when tapped.

      Its like getting two pickups in one.

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      • #4
        Re: whats all this spliting, tapping p.ups..ect. mean

        Originally posted by danglybanger
        splitting- using only one coil of a humbucker (making it into a single coil essentially)
        tapping- using only a portion of the coil of a pickup, lowering the output
        push pull pots- knobs that contain switches, utilized by pulling/pushing knob. The advantage is not having to drill another hole for a switch in your guitar

        I consider all of the above advantages Its good to have options

        DDs sound great split, just like a strat pickup but hotter look for diagrams on the SD website to do it

        What guitar are they going in?
        slade
        t

        thanks, but when you tapp or split a coil is is being used as half the coil all the time?

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        • #5
          Re: whats all this spliting, tapping p.ups..ect. mean

          Originally posted by gianniboy
          hi everyone, i am new to this whole swapping p.ups scene, what is splitting, tapping, push pull knobs and all that other stuff about pickups, i got a dd and jazz, what are my options, and does all this stuff have its advantages and disadvantages?.......help

          http://www.soundclick.com/bands/6/th...dreammusic.htm

          Scroll down to the bottom clip.

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          • #6
            Re: whats all this spliting, tapping p.ups..ect. mean

            Originally posted by gianniboy
            t

            thanks, but when you tapp or split a coil is is being used as half the coil all the time?
            Yes . . . sorta. Its assumed, that when you "tap" or "split" a pickup, that you do it through a switch, so that you can switch back and forth between the two modes. It would be unusual to hardwire a humbucker split, or a tapped single-coil tapped.

            Although, having said that, its probably been done many times.
            ArtieToo
            Peaveyologist
            Last edited by ArtieToo; 01-07-2005, 04:17 PM. Reason: changed the word "silly" to unusual.

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