Triple Shot Rings (Or How The Heck Did That Sound Emerge From My Guitar?)

About a year back, I found myself in the enviable position of being able to build my dream guitar. While looking for the proper pickups I ran across some pretty amazing and seemingly underwhelming parts that would eventually make it into that rig. Before I committed to using the new (unproven to me) technology for…

The P-Rails Wiring Bible, Part 2

The three most-used modes for the P-Rails pickup are series humbucker, P-90 mode and rail mode. If these are the only three modes we want to use, the wiring is quite simple.

The P-Rails Wiring Bible, Part 1

The P-Rails is one of Seymour Duncan’s most versatile pickups. It’s a humbucker, a P-90 and a single-coil rail pickup in one. However, to access all these sounds it’s necessary to do some more complicated wiring then you might do if you’re just putting a normal humbucker in your guitar – even if you’ve already wired a coil split before. The fact that some players go for a fourth sound – both coils wired in parallel – only adds to the potential for wiring confusion.

Installing P-Rails and Triple Shot Mounting Rings

A brief summary: P-Rails are a special pickup design that incorporates two different pickup types: a P-90 and a rail single coil. The Triple Shot Mounting Ring incorporates two 2-position switches per ring, that allows either the P-90 alone, the single coil alone, both coils in parallel and both pickups in series, like a traditional humbucker. Combined with a 3-way pickup switch, that is a lot of sounds!

Neck & Bridge P-Rails with Triple Shot Mounting Rings

P-Rails are capable of some very diverse sounds, and Triple Shot Mounting Rings allow dozens of potential sounds available – even more if each pickup is wired to its own volume and tone controls. My particular guitar has a master volume and master tone as well as a 3-way switch.

Honky, Hallowed, Humbuckers

Ever since I started playing guitar, I was always drawn towards the Les Paul – the three-pickup version in particular. The two-pickup guitar always lacked something in the looks department. I still can’t figure out what, but it feels a bit unnatural to me. When I finally got a three-pickup Les Paul Custom in black, I was totally taken by the looks. It was to define all other guitars I would buy (or sell) from that moment on! The only thing that absolutely didn’t work for me was the wiring.

Mike Aiken

Seymour Duncan Artists and Their Pickups Mike Aiken “These P-Rails really sing- For my Country/ Roots style of playing I’ve needed the ability to switch from a Tele/Strat like twang with plenty of clean punch to driving Humbuckers for gritty slide and to be able to do it in the same tune. The P-Rails and…

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