Jerry1996x wrote:Hey guys, is there a difference between just a 2 way coil tap switch and a s/s/p switch? if so what exactly does the s/s/p switch do. Im getting a Super 2 and was just wondering. reading up on my stuff...
s/s/p stand for series, single, paralell
4 conductor humbuckers allow for a myriad of switching options even beyond these, apparently jerry had the s/s/p for a short time but never used the paralell switch
series= standard humbucker tone- the two coils wired in series for highest output and hum cancelling. warm, fat, more mids and bass, less high end, higher impedance
single= one coil output with the other coil (usually- some variation regarding this) shunted to ground- this is what jerry most commonly used and is less output than series but more than paralell wiring. single is not humbucking and will get you closer to a strat sound
paralell= not normally included on the 2 way switch (espceially with jerry style guitars) paralell consists of the two individual coils of the humbucker wired in paralell. this is hum cancelling with lowest output and impedance. there is more high end than series mode but less than single coil mode.
personally when wanting less output from humbuckers i prefer going single coil in the neck position. but if you're coil shunting the north coil on the bridge humbucker and using the coil closest to the bridge, i find it gets pretty darn thin and bright sounding. i like paralell better than single coil on a typical bridge humbucker.
check out this pdf filehttp://www.deaf-eddie.net/drawings/coil-shunts.pdf