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Humbucker Switch Options

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassburner, Jun 17, 2014.


  1. Parallel/series

    6 vote(s)
    75.0%
  2. Phase switching

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Single coil/humbucking

    2 vote(s)
    25.0%
  1. bassburner

    bassburner Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    I'm adding a humbucker, specifically a DiMarzio DP145, to a PJ which has the P in the standard sweet spot position.

    This will go in the neck position and I'm planning on wiring it V/V/V/T. I'm thinking of making the DP145's pot a push-pull. Which option do you think makes most sense? I only want to pick one because I don't want to add additional switches and make things too crowded.

    DiMarizio's wiring instructions are here if anyone's interested: http://www.dimarzio.com/sites/default/files/diagrams/4Conductor.pdf
     
  2. Phase switching is pretty much useless, IMO, and single coils do not humcancel, so that makes series/parallel switching the only good choice to me.
     
  3. I vote other. You should add a 3 way switch that goes bridge coil of humbucker, both coils, and neck coil. This will yield the most tonal options and will have more useful tones than phase shifting.
     
  4. I think it's pretty standard to wire these in series mode (happy to be corrected), but definitely try it out in parallel mode. You'll have a great contrast to the P. If you go with a coil tap (regardless of if you go series or parallel), make sure you tap the right coil. The one left on should have the opposite magnetic polarity from your J pickup.
     
  5. The DiMarzio DP145 is not a tapped pickup.
     
  6. I was talking about tapping a whole coil. I've not seen a true "tapped" pickup in many years. Sorry for the confusion.
     
  7. orangejulius3

    orangejulius3 Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    La Habra CA
    I vote for Parallel/Single Coil/Series
    My Warwick Corvette $$ has 2 humbuckers with 2 switches, and love this option. I notice though I rarely use Single Coil.
     

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