Differently constructed pickups will certainly sound different, but if the coils are constructed and wound the same in both, whether it has 2 or 4 wires doesn't affect the sound if the coils are otherwise identical.
Most 2-wire HBs are constructed so as to mimic "vintage" tone, and thus may be differently wound, etc. But if the coils are identical, then the wiring won't matter to the sound. 4-Conductor "modern" HBs allow the two coils to be wired independently, for series/parallel, coil splitting, etc. The 2-wire HB doesn't allow for those types of wiring options. Unless, that is, one converts it to 4-wire, which can be done. I've never done that myself, but JohnH has, and claims it's not as daunting as it seems.
Note that I say "2-wire". There is no "1-wire" HB; the braided shield wire that surrounds the conductor acts as both signal "ground" and as a shield.
The trick is, you're working with very tiny wires of the coil windings. Take your time, plot each step in advance. If you've never done it before, it might be a good idea to get a cheap Asian-mfr'd HB off ebay (or use a crappy one out of your spare parts bin, if you have one), so you get the procedure down before you try it on your SD HB.
Also, in 4real's tutorial, he puts the cover back on before testing the coil wiring. I'd suggest testing it before putting the cover back on, then checking it again afterwards just to be sure.
Post by thetragichero on Sept 8, 2019 9:51:44 GMT -5
i have converted a few humbuckers tip 4 conductor wiring gfs now only sells kwikplug-equipped pickups which combine the series link into one wire. great for coil tap but not so much for series/parallel (have yet to meet a humbucker i prefer one coil operation over parallel) in a pinch an old usb cable (like the one that only intermittently charges your phone) works great for 4-conductor wiring. i purchased a 3 meter section of 4 conductor pickup cable off ebay for less than ten bucks