Originally Posted by lovethegrowl
Hmmmm, guess they don't growl much eh?
Oh, yes they do - split coil humbuckers have much the same sound as a single coil, because they have a lot of the same design. The width of the magnet/coil structure is the same, so the aperature of the magnetic field is the same.
They typically have just a tiny bit less top end and don't sound quite as raw as single coils, but they're usually very, very close. You basically trade off a tiny amount of sparkle+rawness for zero hum, even with a pickup soloed.
Side-by-side humbuckers are pretty different from split coils and single coils because they have a wider aperature - more of the length of the string is covered, which generally gives a thicker, less sharply defined tone.
I've got 59Js in a Modulus Genesis, they growl plenty.