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Hum-cancelling in the split positions of a humbucker type pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by brorbjoern, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. brorbjoern


    Jan 4, 2012
    I was wondering if it was possible to obtain hum-cancelling in the split positions of a humbucker by doing an "alembic" and wiring the grounds wires directly to the ground rather than to the neck-coil/humbucking/bridge-coil switch? (or however they do it, I think this is how, may be wrong)
  2. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Um ... what?
  3. Umm... Yeah ... You can do that ... Just make sure that when you do you have a decent backup bass, because what you just described could render your bass silent
  4. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Maybe the idea behind the first post was to have a coil split that affects both pickups at once, so if the coils are split the whole combination remains humcanceling. That is possible.
  5. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    The Alembic Series I electronics use two single coils and a middle dummy coil. The signals from the coils are added together actively.

    The Series II use stacked humbuckers.

    Grounds on pickups would always be going to ground. The hot wires go to a switch.

    If you are talking about switching coils in a humbucker, yes, that would be parallel wiring.