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  • #16
    Originally posted by Mincer View Post
    The only humbuckers I really don't like split are the Little Humbuckers.
    I got a split on my Hot Rails in the Tele. I love it, it allows me to quickly drop the heat when needed.


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    • #17
      Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
      PRS does a unique thing with their coil splits. I don’t remember specifically what it’s doing, but it is not simply grounding out one coil. Whatever it is (partial split?) is why theirs sounds really good, doesn’t buzz like crazy; and doesn’t lose much volume.
      The Fender Double Tap is cool too. Five leads, one coil is 4K and the other has two taps, one at 4K for humbucking and one at ~5K for split mode. Pretty clever.

      Is PRS using fixed version of the Spin a split?
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      • #18
        Originally posted by PFDarkside View Post
        Is PRS using fixed version of the Spin a split?
        Here's an example from the PRS website:
        https://www.prsguitars.com/documents..._schematic.pdf

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        • #19
          2 single coils made into a humbucker. :P
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          • #20
            Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post
            ... The Distortion splits really well too. One of my favorite split tones.
            The Distortion is my favorite.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Clint 55 View Post
              2 single coils made into a humbucker. :P
              I need to have the Custom Shop wind me two more X-1's, one being RWRP, so I can try this out. Although it'll really be about how the resulting humbucker sounds as my X-1 is already my favorite single coil.
              I miss the '80s (girls) !!!

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              • #22
                It's awesome.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by JamesPaul View Post

                  I need to have the Custom Shop wind me two more X-1's, one being RWRP, so I can try this out. Although it'll really be about how the resulting humbucker sounds as my X-1 is already my favorite single coil.
                  Interesting idea! My guess is that it would be kinda like a Stag Mag. On my Strat, I have 1 X-1, but it is wired so it can be in series with either the neck or the middle singel coil. The resulting sound is super fat- I am guessing 2 X-1s would be even fatter.
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                  • #24
                    I think it's impossible to define a single pickup as a favorite. Or it is impossible to state what is the best among all the others. Each of us will indicate what he likes the most, taking into account different variables, such as the guitar, the effect chain, the strings, the amplifier. It's subjective and temporary. At the moment my favorite is the black winter neck. Tomorrow who knows?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by PFDarkside View Post

                      The Fender Double Tap is cool too. Five leads, one coil is 4K and the other has two taps, one at 4K for humbucking and one at ~5K for split mode. Pretty clever.

                      Is PRS using fixed version of the Spin a split?
                      The Fender thing sounds cool.

                      Just looked it up, and PRS splits to a resistor, so some of the grounded coil stays active. So, yes, it’s a fixed spin a split.
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by alex1fly View Post
                        What are some favorite humbuckers that split for a single coil tone? I've read that the JB is one, and I have experience with the PRS 85\15 that is pretty convincing as well. What are some other favorites?
                        Anything with a fairly hot coil works well with standard split, which is why you've heard about JB. I really like the 59/Custom hybrid b/c it splits to the Custom coil. The 85/15s sound good because of the way PRS wires their coil splits. It's what's called a "partial split" where part of the 2nd coil bleeds through to give a little more output. You could do this with any low output pickup with similar results.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
                          PRS does a unique thing with their coil splits. I don’t remember specifically what it’s doing, but it is not simply grounding out one coil. Whatever it is (partial split?) is why theirs sounds really good, doesn’t buzz like crazy; and doesn’t lose much volume.
                          PRS uses a ~2K resistor to do a partial split.

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                          • #28
                            PRS often uses 1.1K for the neck pickup, and 2.2K for the bridge.
                            These values are great for most vintage-output humbuckers.
                            EdIt: Stronger winds usually don't need a resistor in the shunt.
                            Last edited by eclecticsynergy; 01-13-2021, 01:09 AM.
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                            • #29
                              I figure it comes down to a healthy output if it’s going to be split.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by eclecticsynergy View Post
                                PRS often uses 1.1K for the neck pickup, and 2.2K for the bridge.
                                These values are great for most vintage-output humbuckers.
                                EdIt: Stronger winds usually don't need a resistor in the shunt.
                                I did a search over several guitar forums. The 1.1 and 2.2k were among the lowest values. Most folks prefered round 4k, Lindy Fralin recommends 7k.
                                My band mate shot a Starfield Special (Ibanez Custom Shop USA, Suhr neck pup with 7.5k), which had 1k. This was much too brite, thin and of low volume. We settled with 5k at last.
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