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    Default Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Is it possible to fit an little 59 and a single coil next to one another in a standard humbucker slot?
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    Some old threads seem to say the magnetic fields are too close and it causes problems. Any thoughts? I've tried tapping/splitting a standard 59 and don't like the sound much. I'd probably just wire a switch to have humbucker OR single coil.

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Both the drawing and the siring diagram seem fine to me. I don't know about tue magnetic field being to close to each other. From the diagram, I understand that you want to use it as a SSS "strat" or as a single humbucker, correct? Wouldn't you rather use the SPDT switch for the humbucker and the neck single to alternate between SSS and SSH?


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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Stick a P-Rail in there

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    A few have done this sort of thing before.....with success it is fair to say.

    The only thing that I can add is that from a theory standpoint the two magnetic fields are very likely to affect each other by the 2 pickups' proximity.....meaning tonally they will be slightly to moderately different to what you would have found them to be mounted alone. I haven't yet read any opinion to say that the effect is bad though.

    Another option is spin-a-split to make for a partial split, or perhaps switching in a fixed resistor for the same effect without having to mount the switch.

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    DrZ, I've thought about similar designs and very interested hearing your results-

    Also, what software are you using for your diagrams? Very nice!
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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Not only is it possible, it has been done and there is another thread about it on this forum. That thread has a link to an article (maybe Premier Guitar?) where they did that exact mod to a Strat. Search and ye shall find!

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Do it son

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Welcome to the forum!

    Do a quick search, and there has been multiple threads about this very thing. Many people seem to really like this sort of experiment.

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    The magnetic field is indeed altered, and the ceramic in the rails can degauss the Alnico over time if oriented incorrectly. Orient them NSN or SNS depending on what single coil you have.

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Wow guys, thanks a lot for all the suggestions! I lifted the wiring diagram from a blog post, I've forgotten. I must admit I've not heard of a p-rail, will check it out.

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Quote Originally Posted by frankfalbo View Post
    The magnetic field is indeed altered, and the ceramic in the rails can degauss the Alnico over time if oriented incorrectly. Orient them NSN or SNS depending on what single coil you have.
    Thanks man, these are the pickups I'm waiting to fit. http://www.priborapickups.com/product/voodoo-white/

    I was thinking of the little 59, but those p-rails have got me wondering now!

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/...9-strat-bridge

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Welcome to the forum!

    Do a quick search, and there has been multiple threads about this very thing. Many people seem to really like this sort of experiment.
    Thanks, I'm struggling to find any, can you help? I've always missed a humbucker in the bridge and at the same time the single coil, I prefer to play one guitar at gigs.

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Hi,
    I have a 59/Custom (11.5 K) in my bridge on my Strat. I cut it so the middle single coil is not as close as yours, but almost touching. The sound of those two together is very Jimi Hendrix like because that s.coil is so much closer to the bridge it really takes a nice chunk of power and seems to share equally with the s.coil. I mean to say it takes the louder p'up down and stay very clean. Louder than two s.coils, but still a shimmering sound. I love it and will never change it.
    Steve Buffington

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Here is a thread (which touches on the idea) and here is another one.

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    Default Re: Humbucker AND single coil in bridge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Here is a thread (which touches on the idea) and here is another one.
    Thanks dude, food for thought.

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