Humbucker Pickup Splitting — Which Switch to Use

humbucker pickup splittingWhen it comes to humbucker pickup splitting, here’s what you need to know about what kind of switch to use.

Guitarists are always looking for ways to coax new and exciting tones from their guitars. One great approach is humbucker pickup splitting, which means using a switch to turn off one of the two coils in the pickup, causing it to sound and act more like a single coil pickup. Continue reading “Humbucker Pickup Splitting — Which Switch to Use”

Understanding Push-Pull Potentiometers (SPST)

understanding push-pull potentiometersUnderstanding Push-Pull Potentiometers is a great way for you to know how to add extra functionality to your guitar.

Guitarists are always looking for ways to get fresh tones. Amplifiers and effect pedals do a great job of shaping your sound once it leaves your guitar, but there are also many simple modifications that you can make right in the body of your guitar, unlocking a world of new tones. Continue reading “Understanding Push-Pull Potentiometers (SPST)”

Mini Toggle Switch FAQ – Coil-Split a Humbucker Pickup

mini toggle switch faqIf you have ever thought about using a mini toggle switch to split a humbucker guitar pickup, you may have a few questions about how to go about it.

Coil-splitting humbuckers

Many of our mini toggle switch FAQ begin with an inquiry into whether or not you can coil-split just any humbucker. Theoretically, any humbucker can be split, but in practice, it’s dependent upon the way the manufacturer has built the pickup. To split a humbucking pickup, you need one with four lead output wires, because they are actually the beginning and end — or positive and negative — of each coil. Humbuckers are designed to connect the end of one
coil to the beginning of the second.

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Push-Pull Pot FAQ – Coil-Splitting a Humbucker Pickup

push-pull pot faqIf you’ve ever thought of using a push-pull pot to split a humbucker pickup, you may have a few questions; here are the are the most often asked push-pull pot FAQs.

Push-pull pot FAQ: What is a coil-split pickup?

Push-pull pot FAQ often include inquiries into coil-splitting a humbucker pickup. A coil-split pickup is a humbucker that is split in such a way that it only uses one of its two coils. This is useful to guitarists who use humbuckers but occasionally want a single-coil sound.

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Modifying Your Tele for Nashville Style Wiring

nashville style wiringIf you’d like to add a dash of “Strat” tone to your Tele, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll talk about how to set up your Tele for Nashville Style wiring.

So, first things first. What is the Nashville Style Tele, how is it wired, and can you can modify your Telecaster so it produces its tone?

A Nashville Style Tele is just a Standard Telecaster with three pickups instead of two, and a five-way selector switch instead of a three-way selector switch. This Mod was created by Tele players looking to coax some Strat style tones out of their Telecaster while still retaining that crucial Neck + Bridge pickup combination not found on the Strat.

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Mini Toggle Switch (DPDT) – Use This to Coil-Split a Humbucker Pickup

mini toggle switchLet’s talk about how to wire up your guitar so that you can split your humbucker pickup using a mini toggle switch.

Why a Mini Toggle Switch?

A humbucker pickup contains two coils, and with a simple modification we can use a switch to “shut off” one of the coils, causing it to sound and act like a single coil pickup. The choice to use a mini toggle switch is purely aesthetic; you can use absolutely any kind of switch that you want to but you will need to modify your guitar to hold it. A mini toggle requires drilling a hole that is less than 1/4 inch and takes up very little space once it is in place.

If you have the type of guitar that requires you to drill a hole through the wood, into the electronics compartment to add a toggle switch, then I recommend taking it to a pro, unless you really know what you are doing. If you’re lucky enough to have a Stratocaster or another type of guitar with those large pickguards that give you access to the electronics by removing them, then you can probably drill a small hole in the pickguard and add the toggle switch yourself if you are very careful and have the tools.

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Buzzing and Crackling Problem with Marshall MG10

crackling problemTry your amp and guitar in someone else’s house. If you still have the problem, try a different guitar, then a different amp. This should lead you to the buzzing and crackling problem.

Phillip from Wales asks:

“Hi, can you help please. I got this Marshall MG10, and I’ve had this buzzing and crackling problem when I play the Strat. I sent it back to them and they listened to the sound recording I had of the buzzing and they said I had a loose earth connection or the cable I was using to connect the guitar was no good.

Do you have a diagram of how to check the earth connection; would be most grateful to you.”

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Coil-Splitting a Humbucker Pickup with a Push-Pull Pot

push-pull potHave you ever wanted to turn off one of your humbucker pickup coils?

Well, here we’ll talk about how to wire a humbucker pickup so that it can be split into a single coil pickup using a push-pull pot. For the split you need a four-wire humbucker; you cannot split a two-wire without first modifying the pickup itself. Each coil has a Hot and a Ground, and a determination must be made as to which is which before we get started.

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Guitar Pickup Wiring: Phase, Series, and Parallel

guitar pickup wiringHere’s a look at guitar wiring, and how to make sure your pickups are in-phase with each other. Here, also, is an examination of polarity and how to wire pickups in series, or parallel.

So we’ll start with the basics of guitar pickup wiring by examining what it means when guitar pickups are wired in-phase, out-of-phase, series, or parallel. The first thing we’ll need to do is understand a little about how our pickups are made and how they work.

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Basic Guitar Electronics – Treble Bleed Circuit Wiring (aka Volume Kit)

treble bleedDoes your tone get muddy when you turn your volume down? Learn how a treble bleed circuit fixes this problem.

The treble bleed circuit is one of the easiest mods that you can perform on your guitar, but it is also one that might require extensive experimenting before you’re able to get it perfect. The treble bleed is meant to preserve treble loss as you turn down the volume control on your guitar, by creating a very simple high pass filter to counteract the high frequency loss inherent in the volume control. You will want to add this mod to your guitar if you feel that rolling off the volume causes your tone to change too dramatically, thus becoming muddy or dull.

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