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Improvising A Humbucker


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Hiyas,

I'm currently fixing up an old Strat-style guitar with three single-coil pickups, and I was wondering - as I heard that a humbucker is two single-coils arranged next to each other in some way - is it possible to improvise and make a humbucker out of two of these single-coil pickups without too much effort (I'm cutting a new pickguard, so that's not a problem), and if so, how should they be arranged/wired?

Thanks,

elynnia

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If you take two identical single coil pickups, reverse both the magnetic and physical polarity on one of them and wire the pair in series, you'll have a humbucking combination. That's why a lot of Strat middle pickups are reverse wound, reverse polarity - when combined with a standard pickup, they cancel the hum.

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If you take two identical single coil pickups, reverse both the magnetic and physical polarity on one of them and wire the pair in series, you'll have a humbucking combination. That's why a lot of Strat middle pickups are reverse wound, reverse polarity - when combined with a standard pickup, they cancel the hum.

ah, thanks.

But...how would I do that? >_<

elynnia

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Hiya,

You mentioned removing the magnet...does that mean the six ciilindrical ones that go right under the strings, or is there another one?

Also, would the up/down orientation of this modified pickup matter, and after somehow sticking the two pickups side-by-side, how would I need to wire them so it acts as one humbucker?

thanks,

elynnia

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If you wire a standard single coil and a RWRP single coil placed next to each other in series, the result will be a standard humbucker (although not necessarily one tha sounds good). As for rebuilding your pickups, I don't fool with it - there are too many good cheap pickups out there for me to bother making or modding my own badly. Do a forum search for pickup winding for info on how to roll your own ifyou don't get any more info here.

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Be aware that the typical Strat PU has the coil wire wrapped right around the magnets. Thus if you press the magnet slugs out/in you can break the hair thick wire, resulting in a dead PU. It can be done successfully, just not a given that you won't break it.

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So, a reverse wound center PU would cancel hum when it's in series with another pickup. How else does it affect the tone of the other pickup?

If I just wanted to reduce the hum on my Tele's single coils, could I wire in a reverse wound PU, bury it under the pickguard, and get something that still sounds like a Tele?

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If I just wanted to reduce the hum on my Tele's single coils

Maybe, if it is just the hum you are trying to reduce, you should think about cavity sheilding. I don't know if you are dead set on a mod to the pickup or just wanting less "buzz" from the electronics. Adding sheilding foil to the pup cavities of my strat knock off made a huge difference in the amount of emi i heard when plugged in. Anyway that's all I've got to offer, Good Luck!!

Nate Robinson :D

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