Pickups

Coil Splitting Powertrons

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TV Jones site says Powertrons are well suited for coil tapping

Has anybody done so and if so- what's it sound like?

As a practical matter, I've been GASing for a Jet with Dynas

Love the tone

I have a CC with Dynas, a 5129 with DeArmond 2000 and a DeArmond with TArmonds

I love the tone

But I like Powertrons too and if they sound good single coil, getting a power Jet and modding with a coil tap - well Assuming Powertrons sound good tapped - that would be one awesome versatile rock guitar!

2

I'd be interested in any responses to this question too. I've been thinking of rewiring my 6120N with Powertrons to remove the individual pickup volume controls and substitute coil splitting rotary switches.

3

As I posted on the other forum, Tvjones current model pickups have a coil split wiring, its taped off but is easily soldered to a SPDT switch (toggle or push/pull pot if you dont want to drill holes, I have the later) that dumps that coil to ground w a flick of a switch. that said.. the individual coils dont really have a lot of output but the sound is fantastic in the middle position with powertrons. I had this on my Gretsch spectrasonic but I had a powertron neck and powertron PLUS bridge.. turned my gretsch spectrasonic into a faux rickenbacker just at a lower output. That was easily remedied by goosing my atomic brain preamp. Do it!! :)

btw.. you can add a pushpull pot that engages the split and give you a bit of control as to how much of the other coil is sent to ground. Its a fun option, I had that with Supertrons although its more money and not that useful, just adds variety.

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Yea, as much as I am devoted to getting a Jet with Dynas, a Powertron equipped Jet with split coil has to be about the neatest rock guitar ever

5

I really like the tone of a split Power'tron!

Check out the solo on The Iverson Brothers song "Shoe Shine". It's a split Power'Tron run through a '58 Fender Princeton.

6

My regular gigging Strat has a bridge humbucker that splits using a small toggle switch. The pickup itself is OK but nothing special, so a Powertron would seem like a worthwhile upgrade, assuming TVJ makes one in a conventional humbucker size.

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I have aPowerTron Plus in my Strandberg build with a coil split. I like it a lot. It gives a Strat-like bridge tone and the volume drop isn't huge. Awhile ago I was working on Wish You Were Here and it gave a credible Gilmour tone.

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My regular gigging Strat has a bridge humbucker that splits using a small toggle switch. The pickup itself is OK but nothing special, so a Powertron would seem like a worthwhile upgrade, assuming TVJ makes one in a conventional humbucker size.

– Dave_K

Tom does make a Power'Tron in PAF-style humbucker dimensions. You could also purchase a "standard" form factor Power'Tron and use the new universal mount system.

Filter'Tron Mounting Options

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Hello,

i have a 125th Annie with Powertrons, sounds great but sometimes I need a thinner sound. Is it possible to have a push pull on the master volume to split coils ? Or two push pulls on individuals volumes ?

Thanks

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I had a pair of Powertrons in a La Cabronita with a coil tap switch. Honestly was never very impressed with them tapped. I had other guitars for better single coil tone anyways, so I pretty much never used it that way. All I remember is it sounding very plain.

A better option for "thinner" tone in my opinion is a bass rolloff control like the Reverend guitars have. I've used this to good effect with my Casino, which is a very thick sounding guitar.

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Ok thanks, I will google « bass roll off » :) I also have other guitars but the Annie will be my main gig guitar so I want it to be the most versatile possible. I will also take a look at the powertrons setup, the screws seems to be rather high, maybe I can lower them.


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