Push/Pull Alternatives

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  1. plankton

    plankton Well-Known Member

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    When I bought my '66 G400 Pro secondhand, one of the p/p pots was already broken (came right out when pulled) and I've never really cared for the sound of split humbuckers anyway. So I replaced both p/p pots with regular ones.

    I never really bonded with the sound of the neck pickup, no matter how I adjusted it, swapped tone caps, whatever. Then I stumbled upon the idea of parallel wiring and it was just what I wanted.

    But I was thinking about other uses for p/p pots and maybe being able to switch between series/parallel on some other guitars, maybe phase too.

    So in looking around online I stumbled onto this page,

    https://www.fralinpickups.com/2017/03/29/push-pull-pots-mods/

    and was surprised to find some interesting mods I'd never heard of before. The partial split, switchable tone caps, bright switch and switchable treble bleed are all quite interesting to me.

    Figured I'd share them here in case anyone else found them interesting too. :thumb:
     
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  2. HackeIommi

    HackeIommi Active Member

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    This page freaked me out and never looked back again. Yet you brought the same page here. Must be a sign :D

    Yes, I am interested. If I can't run, then add some knowledge.
     
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  3. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Alternative to Push-Pull Pots:
    Push-Push Pots

    A P-90 and Volume Pot is all I ever need these days.
     
  4. Norton

    Norton Well-Known Member

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    If you’ve got the option, coils parallel/series is generally far more interesting than a coil tap/cut.

    “Black ice” style diode passive distortion can be fun.
     
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    Ain't it the truth?:cool:
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Buy a real Gibson w/ real pickups

    :thumb:
     
  7. plankton

    plankton Well-Known Member

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    If it isn't broke...

    I'm often a fan of simplicity, especially once you've found what you really like, but until that time options are nice. On my G400 I know I prefer the parallel sound and wouldn't feel the need to have a switch going back to series, but on another guitar that might be useful.

    Another story, I've always heard people rave about the sound of a Fuzz Face with the guitar's volume rolled back. As it turns out, with my gear I find that sound very objectionable, it's way too bright. But the thing is I have treble bleeds on all my guitars because I like to use the guitar's volume to control gain through the amp. It's entirely possible that without the TB I would enjoy the rolled back FF tone. So in that instance being able to switch them in and out might be useful.

    It would be fun to have a test guitar setup to easily swap things around and try them out before doing the mod on one of my regulars.
     
  8. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Hook a breadboard up to it.
    Then you can swap out components for experimentation.
     
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  9. Huntroll

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    Neck position - coils in parallel.

    Bridge position - coils in series.

    The bridge pickup needs maximum amplitude due to lesser string movement.
     
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