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Fletcher Mods

Wouldn't it be nice to have a simpler way to modify our guitars for maximum versatility?

The following PCBs are intended for those capable of using a soldering iron competently, but are looking for less Spaghetti in their cavities!

All PCBs come with wiring instruction & I'm at hand to help if needed.

If these are popular I might add a PayPal button to buy off-the-shelf. For now, get in touch via the order page.

£5 each - postage included

Two become One

CoilSplit

Coil Splitting takes a humbucker - which consists of two coils running in series - and dumps one of those coils to ground. (Coil Tapping is different - one single coil has an extra output tapped into the middle of the coil somewhere - I can do that too!)

This produces a tone more akin to a single coil, without having to change guitars. Probably the oldest Mod there is.

My CoilSplit PCB has space for two humbuckers to be split on one board/switch. Or you can have one switch for each humbucker. These are colour coded as per FletcherPickups standard colours.

Each PCB is designed to have either the North/Neck-facing coil ON, or the South/Bridge-facing coil ON - just follow the colour coding.

Simply wire the pickup to the PCB, solder the PCB to the switch, connect to Ground and wire the Hot output to where you want it (typically to volume pot or to the switch, depending on wiring diagram).

 

North Coil ON.

South Coil dumped to Ground.

South Coil ON.

North Coil dumped to Ground.

Two become One & a-bit

Partial CoilSplit

Complete Coil Splitting can leave the tone a bit thin and uninspiring - especially on Vintage output Humbuckers (each coil is wound considerably less than a standard Single).

A simple solution to this is to dump only part of the coil to ground by placing a resistor between the pickup & ground. Leaving a bit more signal in the mix reduces volume drop & hum as well as adding a bit more tone.

The Partial CoilSplit PCB has space for two humbuckers to be split on one board/switch. Or you can have one switch for each humbucker. These are colour coded as per FletcherPickups standard colours. 

Each PCB is designed to have either the North/Neck-facing coil ON, or the South/Bridge-facing coil ON - just follow the colour coding.

Simply wire the pickup to the PCB, solder the PCB to the switch, connect to Ground and wire the Hot output to where you want it (typically to volume pot or to the switch, depending on wiring diagram).

 

Resistor values for Vintage output.

2k2 & 3k2 is good too.

Phased!

All FletcherPickups are made with the same Wind & Polarity (or the exact opposite, which is the same, but isn't....) so when played mixed together they are in phase - the waveforms all wobble in the same way and all is good in the world! Some crazy people (me) like to reverse this at the flick of a switch. Perfect reversal of Phase would cancel the signal & produce silence, but because guitar waveforms are complex & pickups are in different places, only certain frequencies are cancelled leaving a pleasant, bright, hollow tone. Peter Green was happy with it so who are we to judge!

This simple PCB has holes for the input & output of a pickup. The board output is wired to where you want it. Phase switch. Simple.

Equally useable on humbuckers or singles.

Simply wire the pickup Hot & Ground wires to the PCB, solder the PCB to the switch, connect to Ground and wire the Hot output to where you want it (typically to volume pot or to the switch, depending on wiring diagram).

 

Pickup Hot to IN

Pickup Ground to OUT

Communal Ground Hole!

SeriesParallel

I accidentally designed these Upside-Down...…. Whoops! So, they're not ready yet!

It fits upside down, just a bit tight between the output and the pot lugs.

Humbuckers are two coils in Series (output of one coil goes into the next coil). This is partly why they sound so beefy and thick. Wiring these in Parallel (output of both coils goes to switch etc...) give a tone more akin to single coil, but with full humbucking. 

 

 

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