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Coil Splitting Vs Coil Tapping... What's The Difference?

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Coil Splitting Vs Coil Tapping.... These are two terms we often hear when discussing pickups and switching options on electric guitars. More commonly we hear the term "coil tapping", but it seems that most people use them interchangeably. What is coil splitting vs coil tapping and how do we use them? Let's start with coil splitting, because even though it is commonly mislabeled as "coil tapping", it is more often what we actually mean. Coil splitting is used on humbucking pickups to basically turn off one of the coils so that it acts as a single coil. This gives the...

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How Electric Guitar Pickups Work

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How Electric Guitar Pickups Work... For some reason, this subject has a shroud of mystique surrounding it. The truth is, how electric guitar pickups work is very simple. An electric guitar pickup is a magnetic transducer. This means that it changes the motion of the string to an AC voltage that can be sent to the guitar amp to be amplified. How does it do this? The most common types of pickups consist of a magnetic core that has a very fine wire wound around it thousands of times.  Single coil pickups like those found in a Stratocaster or Telecaster...

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Stratocaster Vs. Telecaster Pickups.... What's The Difference

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The Battle... Stratocaster Vs. Telecaster Probably one of the oldest rivalries and most talked about on the internet is... Stratocaster Vs. Telecaster. There are as you may know, very strong opinions about which is best. One question always comes up... "Why do they sound so different even though the pickups look almost the same?" More adventurous people may even ask, "How can I make my Stratocaster sound more like a Telecaster?" Stratocaster Vs. Telecaster Pickups At first glance the bridge pickups seem to be very similar, but there are two major differences that give each it's character. First is size....

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What are Hand Wound Pickups ?

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Thousands of winds... To understand what a hand wound pickup means here at Dylanpickups.com , lets first talk about how guitar pickups are made in general. The main part of the pickup consists of a coil of very fine wire wrapped thousands of times around a core. Sometimes the core is a set of magnets, sometimes it is plastic or another material that is connected to a magnet. There are a few different ways to wind the wire around the core. On one extreme, a winder could literally sit and wind wire around the core by hand. He/she would have to...

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New Metal Guitars From DylanPickups and Nikita

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High Output Humbuckers.... Metal Inspired Guitars Over the last few months Dylanpickups.com has been working with a few different custom guitar builders around the United States on some High output humbuckers of different types. The goal has been to get a great high gain tone from a passive pickup. We really wanted a pickup that could shred like an active, but have a larger dynamic range. The 8 Ball Humbucker, and the Switchblade were born. This development got me thinking.... Lets design a new metal guitar line around these pickups. I called James at Nikita Guitars and things started falling...

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