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Humbucker wiring - Singles?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Techmonkey, Feb 5, 2006.


  1. Techmonkey

    Techmonkey

    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    I'm getting to the stage where I need to think about what electronics I need for the 5er I'm building. I have 2 5 string KA soapbars, which have dual coils in them. My thoughts are to have:

    VVT setup (Like my fretless)
    2x DPDTs to swap between Series/Single/Parallel
    500k pots

    But... Why don't I see many humbuckers wired with the Series/Single/Parallel setup? Or are all basses wired this way, and I just haven't noticed it? Will any 3 way DPDTs do?

    Sorry for the n00b questions, but I'm new to the whole humbucker thing.
    Thanks for your time! :bassist:
     
  2. I have this in my main and backup basses and find it very useful. About the different tones you can get:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=227295

    You need an on/on/on type DP3T switch wired like this (4th row):

    http://www.guitarelectronics.com/category/wiringresources.1wiringdiagrams.humbuckerwiringmods/

    If you select opposite coils in single mode for the neck and bridge pickups (for example neck North, bridge South), they will be hum-cancelling when both are selected.

    I'm not sure if you want all possible combinations between both pickups (like neck series + bridge parallel, etc), but you can keep things simpler by using just one double on/on/on switch (4P3T): http://www.guitarelectronics.com/product/SWT36