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Reverse phase grounding

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by ModanvilleMaxT, Nov 6, 2020.

  1. ModanvilleMaxT

    ModanvilleMaxT TDPRI Member

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    Hi all, picked up a second hand Lindy Fralin Blues pickup for the bridge. Installed it and it was out of phase. I reversed wires and now it sounds like it's ungrounded. I found this on the Fralin site:


    "If you think the easiest way to change the phase of a pickup is to flip the leads (black & white), you’d be right half of the time......Reversing the coil direction of a pickup that has a shorted magnets will result in a plethora of noise you do not want. Therefore, upon request, we can apply tape to the magnets before winding to make sure the coil can be reversed at will."

    Anyone know a way to fix this? (other than send the pickup back for work (which will cost way more than I paid for it).

    Cheers
     
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  2. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Can you flip the phase on the neck pickup instead?

    How To Do It:

    If it's a typical Tele-style neck pickup, the metal cover has a little jumper running from its center tab to the negative lead. You need to clip that and connect it to the positive lead.

    Looky:

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  3. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Another way to do this is to clip that existing jumper out and solder a 3rd lead onto that center solder joint. This is the operation necessary when installing a 4-way switch in a Tele.

    This 3rd lead is always connected to ground (it's the pickup's shield). Adding the 3rd wire like this allows you to flip the phase simply by swapping the black and white leads' connections in the control cavity, without having to mess with that little jumper.
     
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  4. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

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    Is there a short wire connected to the bottom plate on the pickup? If so, cut it and add a separate wire from the bottom of the pickup to ground.
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  5. ModanvilleMaxT

    ModanvilleMaxT TDPRI Member

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    Ah you guys rock! Works beautifully now, thanks.
     
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    What solution did you use to fix the issue?
     
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  7. ModanvilleMaxT

    ModanvilleMaxT TDPRI Member

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    Snipped the jumper snd added one to the other lead.
     
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