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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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RT650- Defaulting to Single Coils?

Swapped on a righteous 1993 RT650. I’ve owned one before (same one, twice). Both of them for some reason have had the push-pull functionality removed by some idiot who thought less options is better.

I’m theoretically okay with not having the individual coil taps for the bridge and neck humbucker and instead it just working more or less like a 550. But here’s the problem-

It’s defaulting to coil split on positions one and five. I know because 1) tone, 2) volume, 3) tapping the coils, and 4) more buzz in positions 1 & 5 than any other. In other words I’m sure I’m right.

Obviously I could take it to a tech or install a push pull myself to get it back to stock, but is there an easy way to just get the humbuckers working again as a default setting?

Miss having rock/metal power in the bridge. Single coil don’t cut it.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 11:05 AM
 
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Re: RT650- Defaulting to Single Coils?

Does it still have the push/pull pot or has the pot been swapped for a regular one? If it was replaced with a regular pot, maybe someone just soldered the "coil tap" wire or wires to the ground wire. You are going to have to pull the pickguard to find out, but if you just make sure the "coil tap" wires are not grounded then you should have it working like a regular HSH with a 5-way, giving you the humbuckers in bridge and neck position. Once you have it apart, it may not be too hard to put the right push/pull pot back in and wire it properly though.

I've always wanted to try one of the RT guitars... It looks like they have the same type of neck as the Roadstar II's from that time period.
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Does it still have the push/pull pot or has the pot been swapped for a regular one? If it was replaced with a regular pot, maybe someone just soldered the "coil tap" wire or wires to the ground wire. You are going to have to pull the pickguard to find out, but if you just make sure the "coil tap" wires are not grounded then you should have it working like a regular HSH with a 5-way, giving you the humbuckers in bridge and neck position. Once you have it apart, it may not be too hard to put the right push/pull pot back in and wire it properly though.

I've always wanted to try one of the RT guitars... It looks like they have the same type of neck as the Roadstar II's from that time period.


No push pull. That sounds about right. I’ll grt in there once the strings are dead.

These were only made like 91-93, give or take a year so the Roadstars were a thing of the past- the Viper neck from what I’ve read is closest to a JP. It’s the best vintage/shred compromise I’ve ever felt.

Thanks for the reply.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 03:47 PM
 
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Re: RT650- Defaulting to Single Coils?

I think coil taps are quite good and easy to fix
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Does it still have the push/pull pot or has the pot been swapped for a regular one? If it was replaced with a regular pot, maybe someone just soldered the "coil tap" wire or wires to the ground wire. You are going to have to pull the pickguard to find out, but if you just make sure the "coil tap" wires are not grounded then you should have it working like a regular HSH with a 5-way, giving you the humbuckers in bridge and neck position. Once you have it apart, it may not be too hard to put the right push/pull pot back in and wire it properly though.

I've always wanted to try one of the RT guitars... It looks like they have the same type of neck as the Roadstar II's from that time period.
Welp I got in there finally- some goober put a Fender switch in there. That explains it.


What switch should I be getting? Same as goes in a 550, right?
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Re: RT650- Defaulting to Single Coils?

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Welp I got in there finally- some goober put a Fender switch in there. That explains it.


What switch should I be getting? Same as goes in a 550, right?

Yeah, I think it is the same as a 550 and other HSH guitars... This website has a link to a RT650 wiring diagram: https://www.reproguitarparts.com/documents.htm


Good luck getting it sorted out! They seem like nice guitars, would be nice to run across one someday to try... I'm curious about the neck thickness and feel.
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