Super2 splitting

Super2 splitting

Postby hippieguy1954 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:35 am

Have you ever noticed that when you flip the mini toggle and split a super2 and then lightly tap on the poles of the pickup with a small screw driver or such, the coil that is grounded out still makes a faint sound. Is that the other "live" coil picking up the vibration or is the grounded coil still having a small signal? Any thoughts? Has anyone noticed this?
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Re: Super2 splitting

Postby WildEye » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:03 pm

I have noticed this (after "installing" one wrong and restringing the guitar). I'm a hack but did that to test it before putting it all back together and noticed it - kept thinking I did something wrong again but put it all back together and it worked.

I am curious as well...
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Re: Super2 splitting

Postby hippieguy1954 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:44 am

WildEye wrote:I have noticed this (after "installing" one wrong and restringing the guitar). I'm a hack but did that to test it before putting it all back together and noticed it - kept thinking I did something wrong again but put it all back together and it worked.

I am curious as well...


If your using super2's and you put the black and white wires from one pickup (together) to one of the middle lugs of the mini toggle switch and a ground wire to the lug adjacent(next to it), your doing it right.
I'm almost convinced that if you tap on the poles on the coil that is disabled, the vibration is being picked up by the "live" coil, but I'm still looking for other opinions or confirmation.
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Re: Super2 splitting

Postby JustinJohn » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:07 am

Question: do u need to buy the super 2s with a special option to split them?
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Re: Super2 splitting

Postby hippieguy1954 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:38 am

JustinJohn wrote:Question: do u need to buy the super 2s with a special option to split them?


No, super2 pickups are super2 pickups. No special ones just for splitting. Actually, you can split any 4 wire 2 coil (humbucker) pickup.
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Re: Super2 splitting

Postby hippieguy1954 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:40 am

It's pretty amazing that no one else is chimming in on this. :smile: :smile: :smile:
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Re: Super2 splitting

Postby Jon S. » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:00 am

I, on the other hand, think it's pretty amazing anyone would even notice it (I, for example, have a Jerrycaster with 2 Super 2's - the bridge is a SD - I'm playing the guitar, not tapping on its PUPs with screwdrivers ;) ). :smile: :smile: :smile:
P.S. Just messing w/ya. :smile: But let me add this. I'm using 3-way minitoggles on the guitar in question. The first two positions are the typical full HB and split. The 3rd, though, is both coils in parallel. Now this becomes interesting. The 3rd position tone, while not identical to the split sound, is close and utterly hum-free.
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Re: Super2 splitting

Postby waldo041 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:02 am

actually there were some super 2's that were only 2 conductor.

but on topic, i would have to say that if you have one coil completely grounded out, then the live coil is picking up the hit or vibration when you test/hit the grounded coil.


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Re: Super2 splitting

Postby hippieguy1954 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:03 am

Thanks, Waldo! That is exactly what I thought, just wanted confirmation. Thanks again! :smile: :smile: :smile:
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