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# Mid position much louder

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Hi

Calling @curtisa or any other electrics-savvy folks!

If I have a single coil and a humbucker and a 3 way switch, would I expect:

Single - Quiet

Both - Quiet but different

Humbucker - Loud

If the two are wired 'properly' in parallel, I surely would never get

Single - Quiet

Both - very loud

Humbucker - louder than the single but much quieter than 'both'

If I get the above, are there any other reasons other than the circuit is putting them in series rather than parallel?

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6 hours ago, Andyjr1515 said:

If I get the above, are there any other reasons other than the circuit is putting them in series rather than parallel?

You're still summing the output signals of both pickups despite them being in parallel, so I'd still expect some jump in volume with both combined.

Parallel vs series is still a summation of two pickup signals but it's not a perfect 1+1=2 summation in either case. Series connection for the most part 'stacks' the two pickup signals on top of each other giving a big jump in volume. Parallel connection is more like going from one chorister to two choristers standing up side by side singing the same part. It may get louder, but not by as much. The phase relationship between the two pickups, the relative outputs of each, their distance apart from each other and the proximity to the strings will also have an impact on how perfectly they summate, which can lead to the discrepancy between what you expected and what you're getting from your setup.

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17 minutes ago, curtisa said:

You're still summing the output signals of both pickups despite them being in parallel, so I'd still expect some jump in volume with both combined.

Parallel vs series is still a summation of two pickup signals but it's not a perfect 1+1=2 summation in either case. Series connection for the most part 'stacks' the two pickup signals on top of each other giving a big jump in volume. Parallel connection is more like going from one chorister to two choristers standing up side by side singing the same part. It may get louder, but not by as much. The phase relationship between the two pickups, the relative outputs of each, their distance apart from each other and the proximity to the strings will also have an impact on how perfectly they summate, which can lead to the discrepancy between what you expected and what you're getting from your setup.

That is hugely helpful, @curtisa. Thanks

Andy

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