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Gibson Support - Tuner Replacement

Coil Cutting

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A "coil cut" is an easy way to get a very useful sound. It has the drawback of being non-humbucking, of course. As I mentioned in my last installment, a coil cut can be accomplished by applying a ground to the "series link." Try these switching arrangements:

Major pickup manufacturer's wiring color codes: Major pickup manufacturer's wiring color codes


Basic coil cut Humbucker wiring schematics: Basic coil cut Humbucker wiring schematics


5-way wiring diagram for Stew-Mac Lever-action Pickup Switches - (catalog item #3192): 5-way wiring diagram for Stew-Mac Lever-action Pickup Switches (catalog item #3192)


All pickup ground connections go to the volume pot casing.

I hope these diagrams spark your interest in coil cuts.