Reverse wound/Reverse polarity

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  1. gwydion

    gwydion Member

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    Hey guys I hope I can pick your brains on this one...

    Being still a newbe to the wiring and what not of pickups I wanted to know what the difference/advantage to getting pickups which were reverse wound/reverse polairty.
    What does this really do for you?
    Thanks!
     
  2. CharlieB

    CharlieB Active Member

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    For single coil pickups, which are not hum cancelling, if you have RWRP you'll get hum cancellation with both pickups being used. Simple as that.

    So say on a Strat the middle pickup is RWRP.

    On a Tele, one of the two are RWRP.... same thing for an SG with P90s on it.

    With a humbucker equipped guitar, there is no such thing as RWRP, as each pickup contains a set of coils that are RWRP with each other....
     
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    So if you have say a P-90 in the neck position and an humbucker at the bridge having the polarity reversed on the P-90 doesn't matter?
     
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    Correct. In a mix of HB and single coil... you'll get

    Neck P90 - no hum cancel

    Both - some hum cancel

    Neck HB - full hum cancel

    It matters not which polarity the pickup is - but it will matter that the HB and single coil are in phase with each other. RWRP does not effect this one iota.
     

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