Series/Parallel vs. Coil splitting

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by full_bleed, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. full_bleed


    May 27, 2005
    I read somewhere a while back (I can't remember where) that having a switch to go either series or parallel has virtually the same sound as a switch for splitting the coils on a hb pup but with the advantage that the pup will still be reducing hum and noise. Any truth to this, any opinions?
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Series, parallel and split coil all sound different, as you can hear on a Music Man Sterling, for example.
  3. The difference between Series and Parallel is more dramatic than between Series and Split. The difference between Split and Parallel is subtle, but noticeable. It would go something like this:

    - Series: Loud, warm, bass and mid emphasis, hum-cancelling
    - Split: Medium, bright, treble emphasis, non-hum-cancelling
    - Parallel: Slightly quieter, brighter, treblier, hum-cancelling