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    Default Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

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    This looks delicious - wish I could tap it.

    Does a tapped, calibrated SSL-4 set with RW/WP middle exist?

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    I haven't seen a tapped set available. Doesn't mean you couldn't put one together, though. I would think that a tapped rw/rp QP for the middle would be a Custom Shop item, though.
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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    You can create a tapped effect by wiring it with a spin-a-split.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    Definitely an option. I owned one once. (That is the RWRP middle pup.)

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    This is what lead to the creation of my spin-a-phase wiring diagram. Ground the "tap" wire. Take the black and white wires to each end of a linear pot. The wiper becomes the output, and you can dial from one phase to the other. In practice, it was quite anti-climatic, so it didn't last long in my guitar. But it is do-able.

    P.S. The "tapped" option is available for all three positions.
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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    Definitely an option. I owned one once. (That is the RWRP middle pup.)

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    This is what lead to the creation of my spin-a-phase wiring diagram. Ground the "tap" wire. Take the black and white wires to each end of a linear pot. The wiper becomes the output, and you can dial from one phase to the other. In practice, it was quite anti-climatic, so it didn't last long in my guitar. But it is do-able.

    P.S. The "tapped" option is available for all three positions.
    Awesome! I learned something today! I haven't seen a tapped set, though.
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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    I haven't seen a tapped set, though.
    A little QP goes a long way. Not sure I'd want three in one axe.

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    I could just make my own set by buying the appropriate pickups separately, but the word “calibrated” gets me. Does it make that much of a difference?

    Also, despite all I’ve read about players loving their 3xQP Strats, I have considered they maybe it’d be too much. The SD page recommends pairing with SSL-5s in the middle and neck, but would that be too much of an output mismatch? What if the QP bridge were tapped and selected together with the mid position custom? Mismatch?

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    You're over analyzing this. Buy one. Listen to it. If you like it, buy another. If you don't . . . two won't sound better.

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    I might pair the tapped QP with a Five Two, or even SSL-2s. I don't know if I'd go for an SSL-5/6 or 3 QPs.
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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    You're over analyzing this. Buy one. Listen to it. If you like it, buy another. If you don't . . . two won't sound better.
    Not that easy, I'm afraid. I live in a place where I can't easily get quality musical instruments, and the guitar I plan to put them in doesn't exist yet. Still planning, and I want to make sure I'm starting from a place that I understand, and that others can verify is a solid starting point.

    I've had a single QP in the bridge position before, and loved it. At the time, it was paired with some cheap stock pickups. I'm mostly unclear about this pickup's interaction with other pickups.

    If I don't like it, it could be a looooooong time before I can do anything about it.

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    Have you always been in China?
    Oh no.....


    Oh Yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    I might pair the tapped QP with a Five Two, or even SSL-2s. I don't know if I'd go for an SSL-5/6 or 3 QPs.
    Is your reason for this something that you can put into words, or is it more of a "you'd have to hear it" kinda thing?

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    Quote Originally Posted by PFDarkside View Post
    Have you always been in China?
    No, I moved here in 2015 from Tampa, FL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Calx View Post
    Not that easy, I'm afraid. I live in a place where I can't easily get quality musical instruments, and the guitar I plan to put them in doesn't exist yet.
    Oh man. I'm sorry. I didn't mean my answer to sound that cold-hearted. Sometimes I forget that we all live in different environments.

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    Oh man. I'm sorry. I didn't mean my answer to sound that cold-hearted. Sometimes I forget that we all live in different environments.
    Nah, no worries! Go figure: I finally have the disposable income to be making instrument purchases, and I end up living in a place that's notorious for fake goods and import hassles

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    But I bet you get good bonafide Chinese food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    But I bet you get good bonafide Chinese food.
    It's just called "food" there!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Calx View Post
    Is your reason for this something that you can put into words, or is it more of a "you'd have to hear it" kinda thing?
    I think the balance and clarity is better with the lower output options.
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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    I think the balance and clarity is better with the lower output options.
    Got it! Thanks for the tips.

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    Default Re: Does the calibrated SSL-4 set come in a tapped version?

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    But I bet you get good bonafide Chinese food.
    I avoid seafood and organ meats, but yeah, it's not as deep-fried here

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