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Neck pickup is quiet and sounds phasey

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Guitarfreak, May 22, 2010.

  1. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    I am not new to pickup wiring, nor am I new to modding, which is why I am puzzled by this. I've had some Seymour Duncan pickups laying unused in the bottom of my drawer for the last year or so and tonight I put them into my guitar once again. The bridge pickup sounds bangin, but the neck pickup sounds quiet and a tad phasey. At first glance one would think that I've wired the coils out of phase with eachother, but that is impossible. I've got the positive to the first lug, both coil cuts are wired together and the negative and ground wire are soldered to back of pot. No wires are touching eachother and the pot wiring itself appears to be fine. I have no idea. I am an open book, let me know what your take is.
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    What do you mean by "both coil cuts are wired together"? How does your wiring of the neck pickup compare with the bridge pickup?
     
  3. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    The south end of one magnet is soldered to the north end of the other.

    Exactly the same my friend.
     
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    You could try playing the guitar while standing E-W, or you could see what happens if you wire one of the neck pickup coils in the other polarity.
     
  5. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Thanks Boswell. Could you explain the logic behind playing it standing, and what do you mean by E-W? The second part is good advice, I did this yesterday and found that when I switched the hot lead and that coil's other lead that the pickup got far quieter and almost cancelled the whole thing. It is now back to standard wiring and I replaced some other wires in there as well and cleaned up my volume mods. It seems to sound less phasey now, but the volume difference is still quite large between the two pickups.

    Here, listen to this. First is neck.
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=9186263
     
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Logic? I suppose it was more orthogonality. If you wired your pickup coils North to South and then stood facing East-West, you might just cancel out the signal altogether. Sorry.

    The first sound clip is more to my taste, and that's the neck pickup?
     
  7. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Yes that is correct. It doesn't sound bad to me either, it just sounds different.
     

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