Pickup wire colors and names

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  1. David Meiland

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    Trying to wire a set of Lollar 4-wire humbuckers using a guitarelectronics.com diagram and not feeling comfortable making the two languages fit together.

    From the Lollar website:
    Green—screw side inside—ground
    Red—screw side outside—connect to white
    White—slug outside—connect to red
    Black—slug side inside—hot
    Bare—shield—Ground

    From guitarelectronics.com
    North start
    North finish
    South finish
    North start
    Bare

    I'm doing a coil-split diagram.

    What I *think* is that for the neck pickup, "north start" is red and for the bridge pickup, "south start" is red.

    Please help me before I eff this up. I've had pretty good luck wiring guitars so far, but enough bad luck to know that when you put some strings on it and find out it doesn't work right, you hate your life.

    Thank you.
     
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    The south coil has the adjustable screw pole pieces. The finish wires are connected together so for Lollars that means red and white. Black is north hot and green is south start which goes to ground.
     
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    So, south is the screw side even in the neck position where the screws are seemingly to the north?
     
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    The north and south position aren't based on position on the diagram, here's a explanation from Seymour Duncan's web page:

    https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/latest-updates/guitar-wiring-explored-humbucker-internals

    "It’s two single coil pickups stuck together right? Well, very nearly, yes. We have two coils, and each coil has a wire attached to each end of it. On most traditional humbuckers, one coil has “slug” pole pieces, and the other has “screw” pole pieces. The magnetic field, however, is North polarity on the slug coil, and South polarity on the screw coil."
     
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