What's the difference in reverse wound pickups?

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  1. horax

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    I'm building a strat for my son, and I've found some reverse wound PU's on guitarfetish.com really cheap in their clearance section.

    Issue is, I don't know the difference in sound between nofrmal and reverse wounds...anybody have any sound clips or can explain the difference?
     
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    RWRP gives hum-canceling in postions 2 & 4. Other than that, I don't know what, if any, tonal difference there is...I'm curious, also.
     
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    If they are all reverse wound they wouldn't cancel out each other in 2 & 4. But, I'm guessing that, like normal, only the middle pickup is reverse wound.
     
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    The reverse wind provides hum-cancelation with single coil pickups. If you notice the Neovin single coil pickups aren't really single coil. they have an extra dummy coil, which provides hum-cancellation but still retains the single coil sound. Doing a center pickup reverse wound, only cancels hum with the 2 and 4 position of a five way switch. The Neovin dummy coil provides hum-cancellation to all the pickups no matter what position you have the selector switch set to.

    I hope that helps. Everyone one who posted were correct, I think I just used more words. lol.

    TJ
     
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    "reverse wound middle pickups" is right in the middle of that GFS description. Ergo, as already meantioned, when in position 2 and 4, you will have one pickup (the middle) with an opposite winding. Electrical interference (aka what causes hum in single coil pickups) is sensitive to winding direction. So, when in pos 2 and 4, you have one single coil producing hum in one 'direction', the other in the opposite, and when combined, the two hums cancel. The two single coils, effectively become a humbucker together. It should have no other effect. Most single coil sets do this now a days (though not all).

    BTW, those pups you linked to are ceramic pickups. Not necessarily bad. But, since you are building the strat, perhaps look at their pre-wired alnico pickguards. These are not bad sounding pups in those. Just one such http://www.guitarfetish.com/ALNICO-Pickup-Pre-Wired-Strat-Pickguard-White-MAJOR-Upgrade_p_89.html
     
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    Cyber, that is wise advice you give about going Alnico. I didn't look very closely, can you pick which type of Alnico that you want to use? For instance, I like Alnico 2 pickups.. some like Alnico 5. Do you get a choice?

    TJ
     
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    Not on those that I linked. They are Alnico 5 pups. From GFS you have to go to their custom pre-wired pickguards for that, OR order some of their other PUP sets (no pre-wired pickguard). I mentioned and linked to those $47 dollar pre-wired pickguards, because I have used them in the past, and they sound pretty good (i.e. above Affinity and below stock, imho, and around CV caliber tone), with decent pots (full-sized if I remember correctly, it's been awhile) and good/decent wire. If building a strat, and price is a concern (seemed like it if you were looking at those others), those alnico pre-wired guards are a pretty good value. There are several youtube videos of them fyi.

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    They were not overly quacky, but did have just a hint of it, good+ clarity and seperation, not overly scooped in any range. They won't wow your socks off, but won't dissappoint either if your looking for a solid, all-around middle of the road strat tone.
     

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