View Full Version : Fixing out-of-phase pickups?

11-10-2005, 03:42 PM
Ya know, when you pop in a new bridge pickup and it goes out-of-phase with the neck pickup when you have the toggle in the middle position and gives you that funky "wah pedal half-cocked" sound. Anyone know the fix for this? I used to know how to do this a long time ago, but there have been oh-so-many beers since then. /images/graemlins/grin.gif

11-10-2005, 05:06 PM
Swap the hot with the ground. If you have either 2 wire or 4 wire pickups, unsolder the wire going to the ground and the wire going to the pot and reverse them. The tap wires on a 4 wire don't need to be touched. It's a little trickier if you have a single wire and a braided shield.

11-10-2005, 05:19 PM
i believe you can also unscrew the bobbins & reverse the magnet.

11-10-2005, 05:31 PM
J - That's also a possibility if the pickups are magnetically out of phase and not electrically out of phase.

11-10-2005, 06:55 PM
cool how can u tell the differnce of which type of out of phase it is?

11-11-2005, 06:49 AM
Like poles repel, opposites attract.

If the out-of-phase pickup is a Duncan, swap the green and black wires.