Post by rct Post by Jim
After watching the Tiny Terror youtube, I now think that Gary used a
neck position 'bucker, and flipped it around to get an out of phase tone
with both pickups selected.
uh...that's a pretty famous guitar of his that Peter Greene gave him
that had a reversed front pickup. I believe I once read that it
wasn't out of phase, but magnetically opposite, if that makes sense.
Ask Lindy or Joe Barden, they can explain it. Or that Seymour guy.
Post by Jim
But come to think of it, I did the same
thing when I re-oriented the bridge p'up to look like a neck.
Yeah, lots have, by accident and on purpose. Nobody sounds like Gary
Just for the technically minded, "magnetically opposite" is the normal
situation for humbucking strat single coils, where the middle pickup has the
opposite magnetic orientation to the neck and bridge. They are still
normally wired in phase, but the two and four switch positions give
humbucking. The only reason I can see for doing it in a pair of humbuckers
is if you want to coil tap and select, say, the two screw pole coils as a
humbucking pair in the middle+coil tap switch position. This in itself
assumes that the screw poles on the two pickups are wound in the same
direction, eg clockwise. If there is any other reason I would be interested
A couple of things with humbuckers - not all humbuckers have equal
sides to them. For example - a humbucker at 8.5k might have both
coming in at 4.25k but there are a lot of makers that will make
one side at 5k and the other at 3.5k. (obviously both are reverse
wound from each other and in phase)
It will still buck the hum (but not quite as well as an exact match)
but it will give the humbucker a different voicing than a regular 8.5k pickup
dure to the mismatched coils.
So - when you coil tap you might want to check each coil in a humbucker
for its output. Again - most are matching - but some have a hotter side
than the other - something to check. And this way you can determine which
coil you want to tap.
On to the next thing. In a 2 humbucker guitar (or even H-S-H with
a single coil sandwiched in the middle) and you are going to coil
tap one or both humbuckers. It pays to check the polarity of which
coil you are going to tap if you want it to be reverse wound when
used in a position where the coil tapped humbucker is paired up with
another single coil or another tapped humbucker.
This way you can choose the tapped coil to be reverse wound from
the other tapped coil in the other humbucker giving you a noiseless position.
When you tap a humbucker it is essentially a humming single coil. You lose
the 'humbucking'. And if you tap another humbucker and then use the 'in between'
pickup positing you might have 2 humming single coils -- if you chose each coil
to tap as reverse wound from each other then the selection of both tapped
humbuckers would be humbucking (just like a reverse wound in-between humbucking selection
in a Strat or Tele). And of course - you can get a tonal shift by choosing to
tap the inner or outer coil as one coil closer to the neck might produce a better
or worse sound than the coil closer to the brudge. etc and etc.
So it does make a difference whether you tap the inner or outer coil
in a humbucker based on output desired (if the coils are not exact matches)
and the polarity (if you need a coil tap reverse wound from another single coil
or coil tap bucker) so you can have a humbucking position when both pups are selected.
Hopefully this makes some sense. Simply tapping a coil on a humbucker
mindlessly without some thought is easy enough - but if you think it through
then you can tap the coil (with 4 wire lead) and solder it in and do it once and be done
and be pleased with the tones and the coil you decided to tap.
that's my 2 1/2 cents.