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Offline 908ssp

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« on: June 12, 2007, 07:08:05 PM »
You know I am not a big fan of split coil humbucker sound. So I was thinking maybe a switch that goes from split to parallel. I don't see a way to do that with just the one switch already mounted to the tone pot on my Mojo. But I could put another pull pot on the volume control which would allow me to switch the neck and use the tone for the bridge. The question is what does the parallel Mojo humbucker sound like?

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2007, 07:29:54 PM »
I love rhetorical questions.

Now we all want to know soooo

Get to work ! [:D]

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2007, 09:28:14 PM »
Yea I guess I could wire up just the bridge one as that is just a wire change. Then if it sounds usable change the volume pot for a pull pot. [;)]


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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2007, 07:04:53 AM »
It will sound close to the split sound, but just a bit thicker with no noise.
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2007, 08:30:18 AM »
quote:
Originally posted by Binner

It will sound close to the split sound, but just a bit thicker with no noise.



Thanks that sounds like it is worth the try. [;)]

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2007, 02:19:49 PM »
Paul Gilbert used to have all his stuff wired parallel back in the day (DM Paf Pros, Tone Zones, H from H, and Super D's). With his playing style, it really helped bring out his super precise pick attack and keep noise to a minimum.
'97 Fly Classic with Steve's Special/Air Norton
'05 Mojo Flame (Green) with SD Distortion/Jazz
'03 Parker 5-String (Natural) Duncan AJB-5s
'89 Hamer with Sustainiac
'95 Ovation Standard Elite (Green Burst)
'98 Ovation Balladeer (Red burst)
PRS Custom 24
Fender American Deluxe Strat
a bunch of Jacksons
a bunch of Charvels
a bunch of Peaveys (Vandenbergs)
Mesa RoadKing II
Mesa Mark IV Long Head
Mesa Stiletto Deuce II
Mesa F-30
Mesa 4x12
Peavey Triple X 2x12
Peavey 4x12 with two V30s and 2 G12T 75s
SWR Bass 750 with Mesa 4x10 and 1x15
Mesa Bass 400+
...and a bunch of other stuff

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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2007, 02:23:49 PM »
Jobs done i'll try it later let you know. Thanks all.

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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2007, 03:54:28 PM »
What is it about the split coil sound that you don't like?

Unique.
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2007, 04:31:22 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by tvadakia

What is it about the split coil sound that you don't like?

Unique.



Too weak. You loose much of the distortion because everything is set up for the gain of the humbucker and the single coil is half as strong. I am hoping that the parallel coil setup will give me 75% or better in theory it should be twice as strong as a single coil so it should be equal to the humbucker. But I think there is magic involved so it doesn't work that way.

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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2007, 10:33:22 PM »
http://forums.parkerguitars.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5052

OK I did it and wrote up a guide in the Equipment/setup section. I am really happy with it. I am surprised that it did what I wanted and saved having to change pickups. I really think I can get on with this setup. It ends up that you have this really wide selection of tones at your control from just the mag selector switch. Because the neck pickup is humbucking only now, even when the bridge is parallel you can change from the super fat neck to the bright powerful bridge with this really dynamic wide frequency mid position. Very cool.[8D]

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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2007, 04:58:46 PM »
In theory, I think coils in parallel should be slightly less "hot" than either on its own - they'll load each other down.

However, I very much prefer parallel to split - it always sounds more characterful to me, and there's no hum.
 

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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2007, 05:25:26 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by Andi

In theory, I think coils in parallel should be slightly less "hot" than either on its own - they'll load each other down.

However, I very much prefer parallel to split - it always sounds more characterful to me, and there's no hum.



That indeed could be the case. I only have my ears to go by and for measuring volume even when you just flip a switch ears aren't very good. I think I can say that parallel is louder than split. The Mojo split wasn't a total waste like some pickups I have split in the past. But parallel is decidedly better for me. Come to think of it I will probably change my Stealth to parallel switching instead of split too. [;)]

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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2007, 01:56:54 PM »
Parallel sounds louder than split to me too, so it's quite possible I've got the theory totally wrong. ;)