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Coil Tap!!

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Hi there,

I've finally got my schematics etc and about the install my DiMarzios, BUT I wanted to coil tap all my pickups (especially my bridge humbucker). So I can't use one SPDT Mini switch for all three pickups (H/S/S - technically H/H/H) but I found this for One Mini toggle:


I understand the coil cut, but my SPDT is On/On. How can I set it up to be OFF/ON? Or does the website mean - On (humbucker)/On (coil Tap)

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I have nothing to add, but I'd like to point out that what you're actually doing is coil SPLITTING, not TAPPING.

Ibanez really dropped the ball when they started calling splitting, tapping.

I coil tap actually has an extra wire connected to the coil somewhere between the ends of the coil. For example, on a single coil you would have the north (or positive) connection, a south (or ground/opposite) connection and a third 'tapped' connection that can be used as an output that would in effect give you a shorter coil (thus, altered electrical response).

I can understand why there is confusion with this, I mean, Leo Fender called his vibratto bridge a tremollo . . . so why not call coil splitting coil tapping just to keep with the tradition of confusion in musical instruments. :)

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