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Split coils or overwound single coils for mids?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Aram, Oct 27, 2005.


  1. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Which, in theory, would have more beefy low-mid grunt -- split coil J pickups, or traditional single coils that are overwound? Also (though this is secondary) which would have more output?

    Forgive my ignorance on this topic -- I realize there must be other things that factor into output and tone, but I'm just wondering in general what the characteristics of each would be in comparing the two.

    Many thanks in advance.
    -Aram
     
  2. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    In my experience split coils tend to be a bit scooped. I'll bet there is examples the other way but it's what I've seen.
     
  3. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Thanks Moo -- anyone else have some input? :help:

    Cheers,
    Aram
     
  4. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    anyone else, before i delete this pumper?
     
  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I found the Nordstrand split coils NJ4SV to be very single coil like tonally.
     
  6. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Hey David - thanks for the response. The only single coil experience I really have had is with Aero type 1's which I found to be too bright for my tastes. I really love the split coil barts I have in my 4-string, but I'm thinking of getting a 5-string J-style bass, and I'm not sure whether to go with splits again, or overwound singles. Since I don't have single coils in any bass, I'm leaning towards those, but I really want a thick low middy sound, and maybe that's not possible with singles?


    PS -- I'm speaking strictly passive here...I'm pretty much done with onboard preamps.