My Pacifica 112 is a pre-update model. The 112V released a couple of years ago (and most of the other letters in the range) has a coil tap on its bridge humbucker, and I'm jealous. Does anyone know if the humbucker on the older 112s can be coil tapped or would I have to replace it to allow that? It's HSS configured, but I don't know if the bridge-middle switch position coil taps the bridge. I've found one Yamaha wiring diagram for yet another variant (112j) which shows a bridge pickup with no coil tap. Of course I can take the pickguard off next time I change strings, but my other problem is I'm impatient.
Seymour Duncan helpfully have a diagram of exactly what I'm after. Except obviously I don't need to do the neck coil tap. Wonder if I can get a set of rails in there.
You can split any passive humbucker (unless its epoxy sealed) If there are 4 (or 5) leads from the base plate it wont require any access to internal parts of the humbucker. If there are four leads, all you really need to know (besides the circuit and I know you can handle that) is what color wire corrisponds to the beginning and end of each coil. I'd be willing to bet there is a Pacifica forum with that dope.
If the stock bucker has a braided lead, get a nice used replacement with four leads then go ahead and rip that stock one open and try to do the split yourself. However it ends up, you got a splitter.
I have found this type of mini toggle switch mount for less, but I can't find it right now. I have been racking my brain trying to find a reason to use one of these mounts on a strat. It looks really clean and custom installed, you can only see it if your looking and way cooler (and easier I think) than a stacked pot to operate. Google Gilmore start to see one installed.
Anything that involves me trying to take the stock humbucker apart is going to end up requiring a new pick-up (and I do like it). Having a look last night turned up IronGear who seem a bit like a British GFS and get good reviews (and not all on their own site). Those are cheap enough that I might just get one to try.
A side note, googleing "Pacifica Parts" results in a lot of porn. You never know whats gonna lead you where on the internet.
(Sounds like rule 34 at work.)
Jail rails, the rails might be a little tight as the single coil slots are cut very tight, this will depend on the radius, but I can file a little if needed. Rail length is fine, will cover all strings easily.
Hot Slag pole spacing is 10.4mm centres pole-pole, so 52mm overall, stock is 50mm overall (centres), so about 1mm shift either end, that's fine with me (actually, stock poles are a little tighter than the strings). Physical size without a cover is fine for the current slot (near identical to the current set).
Tried to measure the volume pot, I think that should be possible without disconnecting the circuit by measuring the guitar hot output to pot high with volume at minimum, but couldn't get a clean reading. If the 112J diagram is to be believed it's 500K. Routing in the electronics compartment is 39mm deep and will easily take a push-pull/push-push pot (not so keen on the switch: white pick-guard and also don't have the tools to cut it properly). Couldn't get a clean reading because I've only got needle probes and couldn't get the guard off cleanly because...
The electronics are very neatly done, I suspect they must have been connected before being fitted to the pick guard. Shielding for each pup cable is run almost right up to the 5-way at which point (and this is going to be the awkward bit) the shields are braided together into another sheath to earth. Unless anyone can suggest otherwise I think I'll have to cut the shield of any pup I want to change. Also to get access to work at it I think the easiest thing is going to be to remove all components from the pick-guard, haven't messed around with this stuff before, is that the normal approach?
It still sounds like me playing it though, much more difficult to upgrade that.
imalone wrote: Wonder if I can get a set of rails in there.
Turns out the answer is yes:
That's a set of IronGear Jailhouse Rails, with the addition of another push-pull (and another rambling blog post) it's possible to have neck with bridge or all three pickups in action. Sounds quite nice either way.