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View Poll Results: What should I do with the push-pull switch?

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  • Standard 5-way + add bridge to any selection

    4 21.05%
  • Series-parallel on the bridge humbucker?

    8 42.11%
  • Add a volume boost?

    4 21.05%
  • Something else cool (tell us below)

    5 26.32%
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Thread: Poll: Cool things to do with a push-pull switch!

  1. #16
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    After much thought, I wanted to do series humbucker with my modified stock SS wiring and parallel humbucker with standard strat wiring but it's just not possible, with even a super switch and a DPDT push-pull (I'd need another DPDT, or a Game Changer). But series/parallel wins the vote and will be the most useful to me. So that's what I'll do!

    And I'll record samples of each of the Area '58, '61, and '67 in the neck position for reference to the stock single and because I don't think anybody has ever compared all three Area pickups in the same guitar in the same position.

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    I learned a lot about the differences between series/parallel and split with a Duncan BG-1400 which is a humbucking telecaster pickup that I put in a F style Esquire I made. After reading a lot of different takes on it, I decided to install a switch so I could hear the series/parallel and split sounds for myself. I was really surprised that the splitting didn't sound like I expected it to. When the pickup was in parallel, it sounded more like what I'd like the split sound to be.

    Looking forward to hearing your sound samples!
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    I've had a number of guitars with series/split/parallel switches, so I've spent quite a bit of time with it. To a large extent, it depends what kind of pickup you're working with.

    Splitting a humbucker doesn't usually get you a good single coil tone, it's just not the same thing. Ditto parallel wiring. It's different than split - though it sounds closer to that than series wiring, and it's humbucking.

    Parallel has much less inductance than the split configuration, and can result in more highs (which is what some people like about single coils). I find it doesn't usually get me the "spank" of a single coil or split, but it's good for clean sounds and it's quiet. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrKev View Post
    And I'll record samples of each of the Area '58, '61, and '67 in the neck position for reference to the stock single and because I don't think anybody has ever compared all three Area pickups in the same guitar in the same position.!
    Hey that'll be cool. I've done this, but didn't get around to recording anything. Interested to see what you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    I've had a number of guitars with series/split/parallel switches, so I've spent quite a bit of time with it. To a large extent, it depends what kind of pickup you're working with.

    Splitting a humbucker doesn't usually get you a good single coil tone, it's just not the same thing. Ditto parallel wiring. It's different than split - though it sounds closer to that than series wiring, and it's humbucking.

    Parallel has much less inductance than the split configuration, and can result in more highs (which is what some people like about single coils). I find it doesn't usually get me the "spank" of a single coil or split, but it's good for clean sounds and it's quiet. YMMV.
    Yeah! Even though I’ve done splits and series/parallel wiring in the past, it was hard for me to know what the difference was without doing all three on a single pickup. Sound samples are really useful because the names didn’t mean anything without hearing how it sounds. At least for me :-)
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    Series/Parallel is the one I really like.

    In a SSS guitar I like the "add neck pickup" to whatever the 5-way switch is set to. That way you can get that bridge/neck sound or the all three pickup sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop View Post
    I don't see Blow/blower switch on yer list (sends full bridge pup straight to output, bypasses all other circuits regardless of settings...like having the bridge pup wired direct to output)
    I've done this, along with the add pup and the series/parallel on different gittars.
    All depends on what you want / what's missing for you.
    *fwiw, I really prefer using S/P rather than coil splits since I discovered it....
    I agree with this!!
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