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    Needing some input/opinion. Are there any stacked humbuckers that can be tapped to single coil (or vice versa) by wiring to a push/pull tone pot? I'm not very versed in electric instruments but I think this is what I want. Any info is appreciated. I have a mandocaster re-ish that is fun to play but I think I'd like to have more tricks in the bag. I am aware of Steve Ryder and his stuff looks cool. Thanks in advance!

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    Does it have to be a stacked HB? There are twin blade HB pickups that will drop into a single coil space that can be wired through a push/pull pot for hum/sing options. DiMarzio makes one. So do others like Seymour Duncan, etc.

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    Does it have to be a stacked HB? .....DiMarzio makes one. So do others like Seymour Duncan, etc.

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    Don't see that pickup on the Seymour Duncan site, in fact, there are no mandolin pickups on that site except the 'antiquity mandolin pickup'. "But they can make a customized pickup just for you..."
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    Seymour-Duncan made a telecaster-style mandolin pickup for me. I don't think they sell directly to the consumer. I special-ordered mine through Sweetwater and it was reasonably priced.
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    I'm working with Cafe member Pete Malinson at Almuse (http://www.almuse.co.uk/mandolin_pickups.html) on a humbucker for my electric tenor guitar. A nicer guy you couldn't hope to meet, and really responsive to inquiries. He makes a replacement Mandocaster pickup that others on the site say is great. NFI.

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    I figure it will have to be special made and no I don't suppose it has to be stacked. It looks smaller than 6 string guitar pickups lengthwise.

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    Steve Ryder’s stacked singles are my favorite, but tapping would only yield a weaker signal with hum. Different tone is what tone controls and pedals are for.

    A side-by-side humbucker sounds different, and darker/fatter/louder than a tapped coil from it, so there is a point in switching choices. But it can’t give a single-coil tone along with hum cancellation. Stacked singles do that, and a boost or EQ pedal can yield that fat humbucker tone when wanted.
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    Default Re: Replacement Pickup for Mandocaster

    I'm after the fatter tone of a humbucker not so much the hum cancellation

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    You can get a fatter tone with a hollow body and/or moving the pickup away from the bridge. The Bigsby’s have a 17 fret neck and the Michael Smith’s have a 15 fret neck. Even with a single coil.
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