interesting ... plenty of observers, but not many opinions
To be honest, I have a hard time understanding the impact of phase reversal with a series connection as opposed to the more simple mathematical visualization of the parallel connection - thus the motivation to pose my question about satisfaction (or not) with the sound outcome of the various out-of-phase possibilities.
SOOP seems to come for free with most designs that incorporate series combinations of pairs of single coils (SIP) and POOP ... ooh, I fear there's a disturbing lyric in here somewhere.
From what I've been able to gather, PHOOP (with the proper series capacitor selection) can provide an interesting variation to the standard PIP while POOP (perhaps understandably) does not appeal to many with the exception of those seeking to produce some funk rhythm sounds.
Adding SHOOP to a design that I have been working on comes at a resource expense that I am not comfortable with unless it would provide some significant tonal value, but I decided to ask for some guidance here before making my final decision.
I think when it comes to any Hoop be it ser/par the ideal tweak for you needs to be dialled in. Just right is usually enough, the other shades are just too vanilla. With that in mind I think John's idea of a partially shunted series coil is fantastic, understand the cost concern you have for the ergonomics but if you find the perfect shunt value you don't need the pot.
Years ago I had the Dan ARsmtrong seven sound set up on my strat with a set of Bill Lawrence's. I was given a box of old electronic bits by a neighbour and in it were some nice four pole three way rotary switches with knurled shafts. So I used one to give me standard, the Armstrong sounds, and then flip the phase of the middle so I had SOOP too. It was just too much cancellation and notching for me so I had it shunting a 100k preset pot across in that position and that was the goldilocks spot once I had it tweaked and nail varnished in position.
.... and that was the goldilocks spot once I had it tweaked and nail varnished in position.
Stand aside Mojo, here comes Goldilocks!
Thanks, pj, you made my day!
I have to say, OoP sounds are, like all other aspects of an electric guitar's sounds, purely subjective. I for one don't particularly like any of them, although I've devised designs incorporating them - for other people. Asking someone like me "which one is best" is a non-starter... for me. But others here, and elsewhere on the web, they live for that kind of thing, true enough. As for your lament about how few responses you've seen, just wait awhile, I'm sure more Nutz will evenutally see your post, and if they're like you, they'll chime in.
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