Okay. I've read and been told that wiring two single coils, with one being RW/RP, together in series that you could achieve a hum-canceling effect. I guess first thing to ask would be, is this true?
Next question, could I take that a step further, and figure okay, on a three single coil "strat-like" guitar that if the middle pickup was a RW/RP model, that by wiring them in series I could achieve a hum-canceling effect, using a five position switch, in positions 2 and 4?
I don't know how this would sound, and I'd have to do a lot more wiring research to figure out how to wire it -- it's pretty slow going for me, maybe I'm not even asking the right question. Any thoughts, opinions, anything would make me grateful.
A RWRP middle pickup, in a three pickup Strat-type guitar, will be hum-cancelling in combination with either the bridge or neck pickups (i.e., in positions 2 and 4 on the std. 5-way switch).
A typical Strat, of course, has hum-cancelling in the parallel-wired 2 and 4 positions.
It will be hum-cancelling regardless of whether the pickups are wired in series (as the two coils in a standard humbucking pickup are normally wired), or in parallel (as the pickups in a Strat are typically wired).
As far as series wiring of single coil pickups goes, listen to the Brian May Guitars for a taste of that sound.
Whoa. Thanks for the quick reply. So I'm gathering from what you are saying is I won't have to do anything too tricky, beyond just throwing the new pickup in the mix and wiring it normally. I've got some stock player's pack strat-type thing I'm trying to change up a little. Since I bought my epiphone, these other guitars I had when I orginally started playing have been laying around. So I making an attempt to break ground into all this.
On a side note "Shut up and Play Yer Guitar' is one of my favorite Zappa albums. Anyway, thanks for the welcome!
Post by gregsmartha on Dec 8, 2011 11:07:59 GMT -5
I am a hand-wound pickup maker in Atlanta, GA. I can tell you that on all of our sets one of the pickups is RWRP for canceling. The best way to tell if your new pickup is going to work is to know the polarity of your existing pickups. For example in your strat the neck and bridge position should be wound the same direction and have the same polarity. The middle position is the one that will reverse wound and reverse polarity. Our 50's strat style pickup sets have northern polarity in the neck and bridge position and southern polarity in the middle position. Our 60's strat sets have southern polarity in the neck and bridge positions and the middle position has northern polarity. It is very important to know your existing pickups polarity and to know the polarity of your new pickup or you will have phasing issues and a pickup you can do nothing with. Check us out at mullinaxguitars.com/ and feel free to email or call us with questions.