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(Accidental) mistery wiring: bridge sounding like neck

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Djangers, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. Djangers

    Djangers TDPRI Member

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    Hello. Some 10 years ago I put a DiMarzio humbucker on the bridge position of my 335, which by accident sounded precisely like a neck pickup. Even my friends were puzzled, it really seemed the neck pos, also by tapping with the screwdriver you could tell for sure only the bridge was ON!
    Putting that aside as an accidental joke, I disconnected it, checked the correct color combination online, and rewired it correctly (well, so I think).
    Now, 10 years down the hill, I can't figure out for the life of me how to replicate that mistake on my T-Esquire project...
    Can anyone imagine what kind of strange wiring I nailed on that humbucker?
    Thank you!
     
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    This is why I always take pix before I start re-wiring now...
     
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    Djangers TDPRI Member

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    So really no one has any idea? I can't think of anything other than out of phase, parallel, split... If there is any other possible combination you know for those 4 wires, please post it.
     
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    Boreas Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    You were the only one there when you did it! The only thing you can try is to rewire it and try to reproduce it. Could have even been a bad solder joint.

    Have you considered installing an actual neck position HB in the bridge? It may be close enough.
     
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    No, that's not how it works.
    There are just pickups, not neck or bridge pickups.
    They sound how they sound because of which part of the string they're listening to.
    "Neck" pickups in sets are usually lower wind relative to the "bridge" to try and make them less muddy. When placed in the bridge position, they're usually significantly brighter than the intended "bridge" pickup.
    If I had to guess what caused the OPs issue, I'd say either poor soldering or the capacitor shorting to ground, taking the tone pot out of circuit.
     
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    ""Neck" pickups in sets are usually lower wind relative to the "bridge" to try and make them less muddy. When placed in the bridge position, they're usually significantly brighter than the intended "bridge" pickup."

    I would say you just contradicted yourself. The wind differences create "neck" and "bridge" pickups specified for those positions. And you are right. where they are placed also makes a significant difference. But most pickup sets specify each pickup's position (neck/middle/bridge) based on how they are wound.
     
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