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Need help with this HSH diagram

NOTE: I believe these wire codes are correct for modern Bill Lawrence humbuckers (Bill & Becky, not Bill Lawrence USA, which are different).

Bill Lawrence Wiring & Tech Info

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White = SS positive lead for South Coil (+ when used as regular humbucker)
Green = SF ground for the South Coil
Red = NS positive lead for the North Coil
Black = NF ground for North Coil (- when used as regular humbucker)
Blue= Common ground

Grounding the green/red combination shuts off the North Coil, which works out fine for the neck position. I'm not sure to go about shutting off the South Coil for the bridge in order to have outside coils working in positions 2 and 4. In most detailed wiring diagrams you see the NF/SF tied together, but BL has the green/red or SF/NS tied together. What gives there?

Not sure if I have all the info need to get the help I'm seeking, but hopefully someone here can spot any problems and suggest corrections as needed. Guitar is an HSH Ibanez (S540 from 1998) and I am upgrading the pickups to Bill Lawrence (wildepickups.com). I've made a rough drawing, but my uncertainty is with splitting the bridge humbucker and leaving on the outer coil.

Neck = L500XL
Middle = L280SM
Bridge = L500XL

Here is the configuration I want:


Bill Lawrence humbuckers have the South Coil on top and North on bottom.


Here is my drawing:


What I think I have wrong is this: I don't believe this wiring scheme will shut off the inner (S) coil for the bridge pickup. Is this drawing correct?

Thanks in advance!
 

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I reckon you were so bent on quickly providing me with a snarky reply that you failed to read my post. And I did see that drawing and dismissed it after reading the reference to coil TAP. What I'm doing here is coil splitting humbuckers, not coil tapping a single coil. Using the incorrect terminology and the fact that drawing shows NF/SF tied together gave me pause.

I'm a novice at pickup science, so I'm not sure about how to turn off the inside coil (splitting) on the bridge humbucker. You'll pardon me for providing as much detail as I could; I thought it might be helpful to those who offered assistance.
 

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If these were Dimarzio's I could answer but I'm blind to others. But the single coil in an HSH setup needs to be reverse polarity or it will be out of phase with the split humbucker coils. And you're not turning off one coil, you're only pulling the signal from one coil. This may just apply to Dimarzio's which are activating the inner coils.

Ibanez does the HSH backward where you want the outer coil active instead of the inner coil, which means they turn the neck pickup upside down so the inner coil is the one active.
 

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I'not an expert too, but your question challenged me, so my thoughts on this.

I'm not so convinced about the BL schema, but the man surely has some knowledge in the matter.
I've checked other schemas and the basic principle is to short one of the coils to ground. And following this idea, yes (to me) you are right it always shut down the N coil.
Basically the stupid things is to turn the hum upside-down; the other is to reverse the hot and ground wires (e.g. the hot goes with the bare etc..)

I've checked an RG and an S and yes, S coil in Bridge seem predominant and that can explain why you can't get "that" strat sound with an hum in the bridge. (I confess that if I want 'that' sound, I use the strat...lucky me!)

Given these, you can have a problem with a 5 lever switch inside the S540; check well before if it can fit or you'll need to use the plain Ibanez selector.
Btw, BL XL are great!
Anyway have fun and keep rocking!
 

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Ibanez does the HSH backward where you want the outer coil active instead of the inner coil, which means they turn the neck pickup upside down so the inner coil is the one active. But the single coil in an HSH setup needs to be reverse polarity or it will be out of phase with the split humbucker coils.
These are Zebra pattern, so flipping them isn't an option. The middle pickup is indeed specific to the middle position. I selected a Bill Lawrence L280SM (single, middle) for the middle position.

I'not an expert too, but your question challenged me, so my thoughts on this.

I'm not so convinced about the BL schema, but the man surely has some knowledge in the matter.
I've checked other schemas and the basic principle is to short one of the coils to ground. And following this idea, yes (to me) you are right it always shut down the N coil.
Basically the stupid things is to turn the hum upside-down; the other is to reverse the hot and ground wires (e.g. the hot goes with the bare etc..)

I've checked an RG and an S and yes, S coil in Bridge seem predominant and that can explain why you can't get "that" strat sound with an hum in the bridge. (I confess that if I want 'that' sound, I use the strat...lucky me!)

Given these, you can have a problem with a 5 lever switch inside the S540; check well before if it can fit or you'll need to use the plain Ibanez selector.
Btw, BL XL are great!
Anyway have fun and keep rocking!
The zebra pattern prevents me from flipping one pickup. I'm a Strat guy also, and I'm not necessarily looking for vintage Strat quack, per se. It's just the outer neck coil will be fuller and the outer bridge coil will be, well, Strattier!

Hum canceling isn't too much of a concern since the L280SM single coil is "noise free" and so are the individual coils in the humbuckers. Good news is the original Ibanez switch will work fine. Just need to learn how to "turn off" that inner (S) coil on the bridge pickup. I think I'm close otherwise.
 

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AFAIK, and I am no expert, but with Dimarzio you can only activate one coil, you can't choose which of the 2. Only one coil can be split. That is what a coil tap does, taps that one coil. That's why you flip a neck hum upside down. So if you have zebras you have to order the neck zebra with the colors coordinated so it's the way you want it when flipped, and of course the reverse polarity single. I've installed alot of sets in all color combinations usually 1/2 - 1 - 2/1, like a DNA or a GMC would be.

If the BL's are the same you can't just choose to activate either coil, only 1 coil can be active when tapped, and the coil has to be oriented in the guitar so that it's the right coil in the layout, which also means it had to be ordered in the right color layout.
 

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I ordered the pickups as a set, and ordered his middle pickup so the setup will work correctly. And while I am most certainly a complete novice with regard to pickup science, I'm all but certain that either coil can be shunted leaving the other active. I see this mentioned all the time over at the Seymour Duncan forums, I just don't know how to do it myself.
 

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I'm equally as certain if it's a Dimarzio only one coil can be active, you can't choose between the two by the way it's wired which is why the neck pickup is flipped, or the pickup is ordered with the correct coil tapped, like any non JEM HSH, the wires leave the same spot on the pickup because the pickup is ordered wired so the correct coil is tapped.

If the SD forum has experts in BL's then your thread should be there. Or a BL forum.
 

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On on a phone so can't see diagrams well. But if you take the linked diagram from post 3 and swap the sets of NS it will do what you want but likely be out of phase in position 2/4. Did you try that? Which might give you more of the sound you want anyways.
 

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I'm equally as certain if it's a Dimarzio only one coil can be active, you can't choose between the two by the way it's wired which is why the neck pickup is flipped, or the pickup is ordered with the correct coil tapped, like any non JEM HSH, the wires leave the same spot on the pickup because the pickup is ordered wired so the correct coil is tapped.

If the SD forum has experts in BL's then your thread should be there. Or a BL forum.
I posed my question here because the guitar is an Ibanez and this site is specifically for Ibanez guitars. To me, it stands to reason that I'm not the first to want an alternate wiring scheme on a basic pickup layout. Unless, of course, you're suggesting that my questions here are unwelcome?

I'm still quite sure that any humbucker with 4 wires can be coil split to either coil, but I'll stand corrected by the experts. Check out these links.

Guitar Wiring Site - Coil Cut Switching

Guitar Wiring Site
 

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I reckon you were so bent on quickly providing me with a snarky reply that you failed to read my post.
Absolutely not.

You can only work with what you have, and what you have is in that diagram I linked for you.

I've done it many times with a multitude of different pickups, most recently with a Dimarzio Evo neck pickup, a Jackson USA J90C bridge pickup and a Fender single coil in the middle. Sounded killer.
 

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I posed my question here because the guitar is an Ibanez and this site is specifically for Ibanez guitars. To me, it stands to reason that I'm not the first to want an alternate wiring scheme on a basic pickup layout. Unless, of course, you're suggesting that my questions here are unwelcome?

I'm still quite sure that any humbucker with 4 wires can be coil split to either coil, but I'll stand corrected by the experts. Check out these links.

Guitar Wiring Site - Coil Cut Switching

Guitar Wiring Site
Maybe that's to retain the hum cancelling when paired with the single, or it's out of phase. Again, no expert, but there's a specific reason they only tap one coil on a JEM and flip the neck to get the right spot in the layout.
 

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And bottom line it doesn't matter if it's in a Hondo, the source of the real experts would be on the forum of the pickups you've chosen because they're definitely more expert on pickups and wiring than a general guitar forum on a single brand guitar.

If I had an SD question I wouldn't ask here, I'd ask on the SD forum [or actually I'd just email Frank Falbo]
 

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Color codes reference ...

DiMarzio and all 4 wire PUs can be split any way you want since each pair is one pole
http://www.dimarzio.com/sites/default/files/diagrams/1humdpdt_lcoilseriesrcoil.pdf
Thanks for the chart, but that shows the codes for Bill Lawrence USA pickups, and the codes are different from that of the Bill & Becky (original patent) Bill Lawrence pickups made today (Home Page). I used a meter to suss out the codes, which is consistent with the crude drawing on his website. Pretty sure I have the codes right, I just don't know how to shunt that inner (S) coil for the bridge pickup so I can use the outers of each humbucker.

I think this is what I need to do ...

 

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So just to be clear, you're saying you want to use the South coil from the neck pickup and the North coil from the bridge pickup.

If so then you need to wire the bridge in reverse using the black as the hot and white as the ground. Personally I would rather flip the pickup but since aesthetics are important to you then you'll have to put up with the weird tone in position 2.
 

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Absolutely not.

You can only work with what you have, and what you have is in that diagram I linked for you.

I've done it many times with a multitude of different pickups, most recently with a Dimarzio Evo neck pickup, a Jackson USA J90C bridge pickup and a Fender single coil in the middle. Sounded killer.
Indeed the pickup configuration is the same. But I want to split to the outer coils of each humbucker, and I don't know how to shunt the inner (S) coil of the bridge pickup, unless my diagram in post #18 is correct. I'm serious in saying I'm a novice, so feel free to share the most elementary information you have to offer.

I simply want this configuration with the pickups I have with hum canceling in positions 2 and 4.

 
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