What humbuckers sound the most like a single coil to you?

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  1. houseofrock

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    The strat and tele have different tone pots And tone caps not the same. The closed thing to single coil in a humbucker is the coil splitting the pick up. What makes the signal coil work is the thin neck on the strat
     
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    There are enough typos in this to confuse me but I get your point. OP is going for a split coil sound on a humbucker.
    Not exactly a Strat sound but a good single coil tone.
     
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    In my personal experience... P90s.

    They do have their own sound but to me it is almost a combo of single coil and humbucker qualities.

    I am sure there is something out there closer to a single coil but I like the middle ground the P90s provide.
     
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    Interestingly, JBE humbuckers rely largely on the same recipe than the L500's or SH13 mentioned in my previous post: no cover, no brass or nickel silver baseplate (but a fiber or plastic one) and thin blades instead of the usual screw poles / slugs... These choices are understandable : less metal > less eddy currents > higher Q factor while blades > more focused magnetic field... Hence the easier emulation of single coils with such rails/blades 'buckers (as soon as they are wired to exhibit the "proper" low inductance, of course).

    FWIW: an humble side note, just to share another slice of technical rambling... ;-)
     
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    There are also P94's. Humbucker sized version of the P90. No adapter needed.
     
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    Also look into DiMarzio EJ Custom (Eric Johnson)... verty twangy for a bucker

     

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