Humbuckers - Any benefit to adding single coil tap over parallel-series switching?
I have Squier Telebass (officially a Precision) which has the mudbucker at the neck but an added MM at the bridge. All wiring is passive. The neck on this bass is really lovely. I am comparing it against a jazz bass with stock wiring, and it would be nice to have more of an overlap in sounds to allow them to back each other up if possible, although a wide tonal palette from each also has its attraction. At the moment both pickups have 500k pots on, ditto for tone with a 0.22 capacitor. These may or may not be the optimal values as blending the pickups seems to be more an on-off affair, and the tone control isn't very effective.
I have added series-parallel switches for each pickup, and this takes some of the mud out of the mudbucker, and some of the midrange out of the MM, but would I get more crossover with the jazz by changing that for series-parallel-single (inner coils)? And should I consider changing the pot or capacitor values to improve operation? Or am I on a highway to nothing and should I treat the Tele and Jazz as their own things and get as close as I can to matching them for backup purposes (output volume and sound) with an EQ pedal at the head of the signal chain?
Modes that are closest are Jazz (middle) compared to Telebass (both) and
Jazz (both) to Telebass (bridge, parallel).
Not sure about your particular bass obviously, but my Warwick STreamer $$ has series/parallel/single coil switching on both it's humbuckers. The single coil mode (apart from being my favourite) is a very different sound and is well worth adding to the sonic potential if you ask me.
hamfist, thanks for that.
The reason I'm not just charging in and trying it is that the wiring underneath the big Telebass-style pickguard is a pain to work with compared to the likes of a jazz bass with its neat and small control plate so it's worth knowing if I am going to do anything significant or useful before opening the whole thing up again and getting fustrated with it!
I have the same experience: the "single coil" mode is different from both series and parallel.
What you mean is "coil split". The term "coil tap" usually means only using parts of one coil.
The sound split (using just one coil) is very different from parallel mode. Parallel mode shifts the frequency of the resonance peak very high, effectively neutralizing it. Split mode is in between.
Single coil mode can sound a little different from parallel. But they are very close, and parallel does not hum.
Her's a clip I did of one of my Jazzbuckers in series/parallel/single
It also depends on the pickup. If the coils are wide apart like a Musicman, then it might have a greater difference in the tone. Musicman pickups are usually wired in parallel.
It's simple enough to have all three if you are using a toggle switch. Just use an on-on-on switch.
I did parallel / single coil / series to my L2500.
The single coil sounds wider, more opened, smoother
The parallel sounds with stronger mids, but loose those high highs and very low lows, more agressive.
Series is a beast, so I use it with caution.
Sorry, yes I mean split rather than tap.
Of course I wish I'd put a three way selector in when I initially rewired it for series-parallel!
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