Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Re: Coil Tap and Parallel?
To add to Jammy's explanation, the tonal aspects of the two are quite similar - more treble frequencies in relation to the bass frequencies, lowered 'cleaner' output, all-'round snappier single-coil like sound.
But the parallel option does retain the hum-cancelling aspect of the pickup, being as both coils are active, and retains more of the over-all output level of the pickup when run in series (typical wiring).
Split to single-coil, the pickup is much more prone to noise, has a bit more snap to the sound, and is a lower output.
Both are useful - I actually use the parallel-wired neck pickup sound quite a bit.
I make use of both, but in my wiring scheme, I make available on the 5-way the neck pickup in parallel, the outer two coils of the two humbuckers (along the lines of a Tele sound), and the inner two coils of the two 'buckers (along the lines of a Strat when using the bridge and middle single coils).
Add to the outsides of that the regular, series connected neck and bridge 'buckers, and there's my typical wiring scheme on 4-out of 5 Ibanez guitars (the other doesn't have the 'Tele' sound, and won't until I replace the switch with a different multipole... it's an RG7).