Noiseless pickup coil split. Is it possible?

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  1. brmusician

    brmusician Strat-Talker

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    Well, the title is pretty clear: can I split Noiseless pickups so I could get a tone with more "chime" like real single coils? I'd like to install a toggle-switch to enable this on an Eric Clapton strat.
     
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  2. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Most Honored Senior Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I haven't heard of any such pickup. If it was available, it might depend on how the pickup is designed. If it's a stacked pickup, it might be possible. There are some different hum-canceling pickups that might not be able to offer a "split" like you're probably thinking, such as Zexcoil:
    https://lawingmusicalproducts.com/zexcoil-strat
    Or Lace's Holy Grail:
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    Also, many noiseless single-coil style pickups already are designed to sound like traditional single coils. I think some of them do fairly well at that. I've tried a set of Zexcoil pickups and I think they sound pretty good. I think Kinman also makes some noiseless pickups that sound like traditional single coils:
    https://kinman.com
     
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    brmusician Strat-Talker

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    Thanks for answering. I was referring to the Fender Noiseless pickups (Vintage Noiseless model, I guess) found on the Eric Clapton strat.
     
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    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a set of Kinmans and they're pretty darn good. They do have sparkle & chime, just perhaps a bit less air than true vintage-output singles.

    The thing is, because noiseless singles (unlike most Strat-sized humbuckers) are designed to sound as much like the real thing as possible, most would probably sound very wimpy split.
     
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    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    Ah. Sorry, don't know much about the Fender Noiseless.
     
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    brmusician Strat-Talker

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    Looking at the pictures from Google Images, they seem to have only two wires... splittable coils usually have a third wire for enabling splitting.
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    I have a set in a box here that I could look at but I think you're right about the third wire being necessary for/indicative of splitting capability.
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes the Seymour Duncan Classic stacks 4+ has a coil split for true single coil function. Though most don’t bother with wiring it up bc the pickups sound so close to true singles it doesn’t make much of a difference

    I put a set in my Clapton Strat and they made a huge difference in tone. Much better pickups than the vintage noiseless
     
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    David Garner Senior Stratmaster

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    I just put these in the neck and middle of a Superstrat build and they are phenomenal. I’m debating whether to stick with the super switch wiring I started with or go to a 5-way plus mini toggle to split them and the JB bridge so I can go back and forth between SSS tones and stacks + humbucker tones. I’ll say this, the split JB plus the middle classic stack is on point for traditional Strat tones, as are the neck and middle split. I haven’t tried them with just the neck, middle or bridge split yet.
     
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    StratoMutt Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have the HGs in my StratoMutt.

    Brilliant pickups. They sound plenty Stratty to me, without the bridge ice pick. I see / hear no reason to split.

    That illustration seems very accurate. The covers are epoxied on.

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