Out of phase pickup question

ralph phillips
August 1st, 2011, 11:13 AM
I pulled my 71 Tele out of the closet after 20 years.
The bridge pickup had been a little weak.

I pulled the pickups and they were both Duncans.
(I remember Duncans are wound backward)

I re-used the neck pickup as it sounds great.
My new bridge pickup needless to say is out of phase in the middle position.


I have been told to simply reverse the neck pup leads.
This works just fine, but if I touch the pole pieces, it hums like a big dog.
I tried to work around it, but for some reason, sweat, whatever..... I always make contact with the pole pieces while playing live.

I read Duncan's wiring diagrams for reversing phase on the bridge pup.
It is not a Duncan pup, but has the exact same ground scheme.
I understand cutting the baseplate ground and reversing the bridge leads.

If I do this, will I get the same BUZZZZ! when I touch the bridge polepieces?

I just want to ask before I am disappointed and wreck the new pickup somehow anyway.

Thanks for your time with this.

August 1st, 2011, 11:22 AM
Snip that baseplate ground, and then run a new ground wire just for the baseplate.

August 1st, 2011, 12:35 PM
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