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a few questions about jazz pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by anonymous278347457, Apr 3, 2006.


  1. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005
    Im looking into getting some new pickups for my jazz.
    ive got a few questions


    1. ive come across these "stacked" pickups. Are they the same as hum canceling/humbuckers?

    2. The "stacked" pickups have 4 wires? how would you wire these?

    3. Ive heard humbuckers sound very differant to single coils, and no humbuckers can nail the proper single coil sound. If humbuckers are just 2 pickups wound in opposite directions, cant you just use one of them and they will be a single coil pickup?


    help would be appreciated,
     
  2. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    Stacked is one kind of humbucker. Yes you can use just one coil but you lose the humbucking quality.

    The other common type of jazz humbucker is split coil where each coil only covers half of the strings, with these you can't use just one coil.

    Both can be used in series or parallel, series seems to be more popular but if you like a thinner high end sound you may prefer parallel.
     
  3. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005

    Your mean like the bartolini "P in a jazz box" pickups?
     
  4. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    Yeah, that's a split coil. P in a J is a bit simple but that's the coil layout. I find the stacks sound closer to single coils than split coils do but you'll find opinions that go the other way too.
     

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