Help me wrap my head around nord dual coil options

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Drop1, Apr 29, 2019.


  1. Drop1

    Drop1

    Mar 28, 2019
    I have an East uni 5 coming. I chose it for its many built in tuning options.

    I also ordered a pair of nord dual coil pups.

    The way the pre amp is made it covers all my eqing, passive /active controls and pickup balance with the knobs.

    My bass has a 3 way toggle already that will go unused with the new pre.

    I would like to use the 3 way toggle to alter pickup configurations but dont fully understand the process. What are some common wiring options for dual coil pickups?
     
  2. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico

    Mar 17, 2004
    Your best bet might be a series/parallel/single coil switch.

    Or use it as a producer switch ;)
     
  3. Drop1

    Drop1

    Mar 28, 2019
     
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  4. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico

    Mar 17, 2004
    You only need to correct perceptions ;) the rest is up to you... at least that’s how I understand the producer switch works :)

    That’s what I meant, sorry if I wasn’t clear. Well, TBH, I’m not sure what you can practically wire with your preamp configuration... but I’d aim to have the switch control both pickups at once, then use the blend control to select the mix. So either both in series, both in parallel, or both in single coil. Maybe try first which single coil combo sounds best, outter or inner coils (assuming those would cancel hum when mixed 50/50).

    IMO, this would give you the biggest usable range of sounds.

    I would also suggest just trying things, see what you like, then wire those options. You may like the in-between options, such as single coil (neck) and humbucker (bridge).
     
  5. Drop1

    Drop1

    Mar 28, 2019
    I came up with an ok idea. Instead of just randomly wiring things looking for the sweet spots I can temporarily add another dpdt switch with the rear cover off. Just not actually mount the switch. This would give me a way to toggle through the different configurations and only have to rewire once. I can take a day and figure out what works and what doesnt, then remove the temp switch and permanently wire my preferred routings.
    If for some reason the outcome produces more usable routing choices than a single switch can handle, I could look at premanet mounting options for the second switch, though it may require a new cover and some routing. I'm cramming quite a bit into a rather small pocket.
    I seriously doubt that will happen though unless the bridge pickup sounds really good soloed. The stock bridge pup sounds like garbage soloed. Nails across a chalk board garbage. Really hoping these electronics turn this thing around. And if not I'll build a new bass around the electronics and use the ibby as a backup. With the amount of tuning options I have going in, I should be able to get it sounding pretty damned good. Thanks for your response.
     
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