|Case #1: Humbuckers are
One of the most basic
can perform is to step your pickups down from humbuckers to single
Assuming you make this switchable, you have the option to toggle
Les Paul tones and those closer to what you'd get out of a Strat, a
guitar, or maybe an early Gretsch with Dynasonic pickups. That
just change your tone, but what you play with it as well.
coils are humbuckers
single-coil guitars, but there's no reason you can't replace the stock
set-up with humbuckers (or minis). This will give you a lot more
combinations (e.g., coil taps, series/parallel switching, etc.) and
will allow you to re-imagine
yourself playing something closer to a Les Paul than a Tele... with a
of the benefits of both.
don't have a middle pickup = two pickup guitar!
Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat
had a single coil pickup in the neck position, but all he ever used was
the humbucker at the back. The former wasn't even wired up, so
mean he didn't have to wire up a switch for them either.
you can always re-imagine your Strat as a two-pickup Tele and employ
schemes from that model instead of the traditional 5-way switching
with the Strat.
#2 + Case #3.
If you have a
like a Strat, you can always substitute your single coil pickups for
humbuckers, but then ignore the middle pickup. The result?
A two-humbucker guitar. In short, you have something
more aligned with a Les Paul than the Stratocaster it superficially
#5: Humbucker = two single coils
My Steinberger GT is a
SSH model, but I wired it so that I'm bypassing the middle pickup as in
Case #3. However, the humbucker in the bridge position has two
coils, so I'm using each as a separate pickup. (They're also part
of a Lace Dually where each coil is voiced differently.) The
standard 5-way switch works just like I have three pickups. I
didn't have room to add a series/parallel switch, but that would have
also allowed me to combine the bridge coils into a humbucker.