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How well does the Rebel Yell split?
« on: August 29, 2007, 08:34:46 PM »
I cant decide between having my strat as SSS or HSS. I sometimes like the bridge singlecoil and other times I dont. I have a Rebel Yell that I can put in the strat and was just wondering how well it splits, and if the sound it gives out is actually usable, as I always hear that split humbuckers are cr@p compared to proper singlecoils.

Also, I'll probably be using it with 250k pots if that'd help the split sound a bit fuller at all. If its not much cop, how well does the Crawler split, and would anyone want to swap my Rebel Yell for one?


ps - any idea where I could get a 250k push-push pot rather than push pull? I can only find a linear taper push push which wont be as good will it?


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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 11:49:38 PM »
Hi tom, i got a crawler set in my lp for like a month now and regarding your second question i can tell you that their split sound are really good especially for clean acoustic-like cleans and for 'soiled-cleans' (that's how i use them :wink: , the hums are better for heavier distortion levels). I also got a strat to compare to and the splitted crawlers quite remind me of it, but without really sounding anything like it :? .... there's just this aftertaste... that is not cr@p let me reassure you :wink:

the splitted neck is the most fender-ish, the tone gets seriously thinner and quackier but since it's in a all mahogany guitar, it doesn't have this acid fenderish quality a strat neck pup has...more neutral :| ... but still it sounds very good, very musical, and very useable... yeah it also cleans up really nicely...

The splitted neck and bridge in series are also quite awesome. Again not as quacky as a strat in-between position but you can still play funky staccato rythm parts and sound authentic :D even with a lp which is something weird to hear and see at the same time. In this position the tone also gets twangy enough for country bits.

The splitted bridge pup somehow retains the humbucker character, it's still kinda mids-focused but with less thickness and it's a tad brighter, but do not expect it to turn into a Tele bridge pup (not in a lp anyway). It's a also still quite powerfull but cleans up really well, i find it perfect for 'soiled-cleans' that even at 3 on my volume knob conserve loads of clarity and brightness...awesome.

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How well does the Rebel Yell split?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007, 01:36:44 PM »
I have Rebel Yells in my PRS, and they give a great split tone.  However in a PRS they are working with  one coil from each pickup.  I would be more inclined to do parallel wiring if you are going to just split the one pickup, this way you still have hum cancelling.  The other option is to use a superswitch and get the split sound combinations with the single coils.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007, 03:17:05 PM »
Quote from: Machek
Hi tom, i got a crawler set in my lp

I have exactly the same setup as Machek and agree. The split coil gives a good usable sound but it is not an exact strat/tele sound .... not surprising when you compare the construction of a SC (with coil wrapped around six magnet slugs) and single HB coil (with coil around screw pole pieces from a bar magnet). I find this setup really versatile for a Les Paul allowing you to go from a good clean (almost acoustic) sound to full on humbucker sound. However, I wouldn't consider replacing either my strat or tele with it.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2007, 07:15:50 PM »
Cheers. I know I'm not gonna get a proper singlecoil tone but just getting it kinda close would be good. Any chance of any clips from anyone? I'm guessing the RY split or parallel would give a bit of a thinner/brighter tone?

Phil, does parallel give a more authentic singlecoil sound than a standard coil split? So long as it thins it out a bit and adds a bit of twang, that'll be allright.. Also, where can I find an easy to follow diagram for having parallel on a push/pull volume knob (parallel setting with the knob pulled up)?