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View Poll Results: You Favorite Pickup and Switching Options
HSH with typical 5 way switching 7 24.14%
HH with typical 5 way switching 9 31.03%
HH with typical 3 way switching 1 3.45%
HH with 3 way and coil taps 10 34.48%
HSS - 5 way 2 6.90%
SSS - 5 way like a Strat 0 0%
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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-30-2018, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Your Favorite Pickup Layout and Switching Options

I thought this would be a useful poll to find out which option most players prefer, without getting into exotic switching options like the Dynamix 10 etc. These are the typical pickup and switching options Ibanez offers, and one they don't


1- HSH with typical 5 way switching



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2 - HH with typical 5 way switching



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3 - HH with typical 3 way switching



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4 - HH with 3 way and coil taps



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5 - HSS - 5 way



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6 - SSS - 5 way like a Strat

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Re: Your Favorite Pickup Layout and Switching Options

H-H, 3-way with dual tri-sounds switches

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Re: Your Favorite Pickup Layout and Switching Options

There seem to be endless options so I was trying to keep it to what is most common and most people would be used to. The Tri Sound, the new DynaMix is incredible, In fact I asked about the DynaMix but was shot down because it would require a different routing program. Remember, Ibanez likes to keep things inside a box and I was trying to make the poll within the lines, except I threw the SSS curve out there, because I like to push an envelope every now and then
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yup the real beauty of the tri-sounds is the parallel & coil-tap setting is so very different offering 3 legitimate sounds per pickup so then if you have two V/T knobs the sound options go on and on and on.

I've always wondered who purchased Ibanez HSH guitars in SPITE of the HSH configuration forced upon the buyer. Not sure who has that customer data it would be interesting for sure.
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That is my biggest question, is HSH actually more popular than HH, as we've seen a lot a HH offered lately and they've done very well. They have a good mix of both, but which do people actually prefer?

I've sold a lot of HSH guitars with the center screwed all the way down because they didn't use it and it interfered with their picking.

But I didn't want to make a 2 option poll since there are many more flavors of ice cream.
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Re: Your Favorite Pickup Layout and Switching Options

I also wanted to add the option to vote for more than one but I saw it just as pushed SUBMIT!

This is the first poll I ever started so I actually had to do a FAQ search and read the instructions
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I voted for HSH because I find it to be the most versatile. Not because it has the most sounds available. Those are not the same.

HSH has both kinds of pickup, it also has the simplest and most usable switching system, a single control, to access a wider variety of sounds than any of the others.

If we're adding more controls then a coil tap on the humbuckers for neck and bridge single coil sounds pretty much covers all the bases.

I prefer HSH but I lower the middle pickup out of the way, I find that the drop in volume can act as a drop in gain, and you can use that to get almost a different channel out of a basic amp. Not that that matters in today's amp market
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Re: Your Favorite Pickup Layout and Switching Options

I voted HSS, because that's what I have and am most familiar with. But it sounds like there are other options that give more versatility. Basically, I just want to get a reasonable strat approximation (doesn't have to be spot on) out of the neck pickup, one way or another.
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I voted HH w/ coil taps. Normally I like HSH but HH can work well like in a JS. I also voted that way because HH seems to be extremely popular and adding the 3-way switching with the coil tap seemed like a good compromise.

Now just add the JS HPF
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Tough decision. I love 1 and 2, though I prefer 1 with the neck in parallel in the second position too.
Ultimately I picked 2 as I've been leaning HH lately.
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Tough decision. I love 1 and 2, though I prefer 1 with the neck in parallel in the second position too.
Ultimately I picked 2 as I've been leaning HH lately.
I'm actually not sure why they don't do that ever? Position 2 in HSH is kind of dumb. Now that I think about it, I might have my FP Jem wired this way.
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I think I'm mistaken too. I thought I wired my RG1570 with a parallel neck but I'm probably wrong. True - not standard at all.
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Re: Your Favorite Pickup Layout and Switching Options

I picked HSS 5-way, but HH w/coil tap (like a JS) is a close second. I switch between 3 guitars a lot, HSS, HH, and HSH. Seems like the HSS 5-way is the most versatile for stuff I play.
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I voted HH w/ coil taps. Normally I like HSH but HH can work well like in a JS. I also voted that way because HH seems to be extremely popular and adding the 3-way switching with the coil tap seemed like a good compromise.

I'm with you on this one. HH w/ coil taps. I can't stand a middle pup and is always screwed all the way down. That's one of the reasons I've been buying Jackson/Charvel for the last 5 years...........
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hsh...versatility...d.m.
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