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So just this week I finally got my dream guitar, an early '87 RG550. It has some DiMarzio PAF Pros in it right now, they sound pretty good, but I have a Duncan Custom shop '78 that I really want to put in the guitar, but the pickup has 2 Conductor wire on it. I'm thinking of pairing this with a Duncan '59 neck which also has 2C wire. Does anyone know how to or if it's possible to wire 2 conductor humbuckers on a 5 way switch? If I'm thinking about this correctly, the 2nd and 4th positions should have the single coil and full series neck or bridge 'bucker, instead of splitting them, right? Or is this impossible? Thanks!
 

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so we are clear you say 2 conductor, do you mean it has a single wire and shielding or a red/white or black/white or black/red with the ground ?

if it is a true vintage style pickup with a braid and cloth with a single conductor you won't be able to split the pickup without taking the pickup apart and adding a tap to the north start/south finish (or the other way around ). In this case the central conductor would be your "hot" and would go to the same location as the dimarzio's red wire. the braid would go to the same location as the dimarzio's green/bare wires. If the switch is set up to split the dimarzios you'll need to jumper the lug that has the dimarzio's black and white wires soldered to it, to the lug that has the red wire soldered to it.

if you have more than a single conductor coming out of the pickup like a black and white wire or whatever two colors. Seymour duncan usually uses green or black for "hot" depending on the pickup orientation. so if you have a green or black make that go to the dimarizio's red wire. the other color wire which is probably red or white needs to go to the same location as your dimarzio's black/white wire. Then the bare wire or braid gets grounded to the same place as the green/bare from the dimarzios.
 

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So just this week I finally got my dream guitar, an early '87 RG550. It has some DiMarzio PAF Pros in it right now, they sound pretty good, but I have a Duncan Custom shop '78 that I really want to put in the guitar, but the pickup has 2 Conductor wire on it. I'm thinking of pairing this with a Duncan '59 neck which also has 2C wire. Does anyone know how to or if it's possible to wire 2 conductor humbuckers on a 5 way switch? If I'm thinking about this correctly, the 2nd and 4th positions should have the single coil and full series neck or bridge 'bucker, instead of splitting them, right? Or is this impossible? Thanks!
Your non-splittable vintage humbuckers will sound terrible with the middle single coil, frankly it's just a bad idea, you should stick with the PAF Pros and use the vintage stuff in a suitable HH guitar, not an HSH like the RG550. It's not a Les Paul and will never sound like one no matter what pickups you fit.
 

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Your non-splittable vintage humbuckers will sound terrible with the middle single coil, frankly it's just a bad idea, you should stick with the PAF Pros and use the vintage stuff in a suitable HH guitar, not an HSH like the RG550. It's not a Les Paul and will never sound like one no matter what pickups you fit.
Yeah, the more I mull it over in my head, I realize its probably a bad idea. I just had the pickup hanging around and figured I wanted to do something with it 'cause I really want to know how it sounds lol. I have another RG that's an HH but I really love the Custom Custom in the bridge position and I don't feel like swapping it out just to mess around. I might go with my original plan of building a single pickup strat body at some point still. Or, maybe just drop the cash on a Les Paul. The PAF Pros sound great, don't get me wrong, I'm just prone to having crazy ideas sometimes!
 
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