Hi, I am trying to sort out two new pickups that I bought on Ebay for my Danelectro. I want to do a DC-59 Jimmy Page guitar and would like to get hum canceling from the switch position that has both pickups on. I started testing the pickups and found that the magnets were oriented the same way. I took the pickup apart and flipped the magnet and coil ( without disturbing much ) so that when back in the lipstick case the two pickups are reverse polarity.
My question is how to check for reverse wind?? If I am correct, in order to get hum canceling I will need for the pickups to be reverse wind and reverse polarity? I did do a phase test using my meter and found that the pickups are in phase ( taking the black wire in each pickup to ground)
Here's some information about humbucking pickups from my website:
... the coils are reverse wired in relation to one another. Actually, this is a misnomer. If you look at the graphic, you'll see the top coil starts out at the center and the wire then is wound clockwise. The bottom coil also starts out at the center and then the wire is wound clockwise. So, if both coils are wound clockwise, how are they reverse wired ? It is in the manner in which the pickups are wired to each other.
... it is not necessary to have the coils physically wired in opposite directions. It is only necessary to wire them so that the electricity flows through the two coils in different directions.
Thanks Wolf, so what matters is that the magnets are set to attract each other, and the wiring is such that the electrons travel in reverse direction. A wind is a wind, its the hookup that dictates the direction or flow.