Series & Parallel Pickup wiring – Underrated secret sounds from your pickups!


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Series & Parallel

You can connect 2 coils in either series or parallel and it gives a very different sound – this counts for ANY pickup type whether A DiMarzio Super distortion humbucker, a P-Bass humbucker or Telecaster Singlecoils

Traditionally, you buy a humbucker and its two coils will be connected in series – giving it’s loudest, roundest sound. However there’s another way of connecting both coils to give you a brighter less muddy tone that still cancels hum!

This can be switched on and off with a Push Pull pot, a slide switch or a mini toggle switch (and some other types also!)

We build this neat wiring modification into many folks guitars and basses

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Push Pull Pots are a great way of activating seies and parallel modes


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Switching a humbucker’s coils from Series to Parallel

Here’s what it sounds like:

Listen closely as I simply switch the pickups into series (standard sound) or parallel (secret thin tone!) with a Push/pull pot. View comments to see which position the pickup selector switch is in.


You can combine more pickups and pickup types also!

Our Strat-O-Blaster, Dubplate for Jazz Bass, Diddy-P, 6 Tone Telecaster all use Series switching to change the output sounds

  • Why not connect two strat singlecoils in series? theyre normally added together in parallel but the series sound is bigger and rounder!
  • Lets hear a jazz bass pickup pair connected in series – KAPOW!

You can go even further…

It doesn’t stop there, you can combine as many coils together as you like in series increasing the loudness and chunkiness..

Imagine the girth of 2 Humbuckers connected in series…


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Nerdy Detail:


A Series connection uses both coils and the current flows like this:

Start  Coil 1 Coil 2 Out

A parallel connection uses both coils and the current flows like this:

Coil 1

Start                         Out

Coil 2


DiMarzio humbucker 3 DiMarzio humbucker 1 DiMarzio humbucker 3 DiMarzio humbucker 1 DiMarzio humbucker 3