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Question on Fender Mex HSS pickups

 
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rickrob



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:51 am    Post subject: Question on Fender Mex HSS pickups Reply with quote

I have a Standard HSS Mex Strat that I tried to swap the two single coil ceramic pickups with some Fender 70's reissue Alnicos.
After the swap the guitar sounded terrible in position 4-- Really thin and tinny.
I noticed that the polarity of the original middle pickup was reversed, so I swapped the leads on the 70's reissue in the middle.
That fixed the problem with position 4, but then position 2 sounded horrible.

I ended up putting the original single coils back in and everything was good.

Could the original middle pickup be reverse wound, reverse polarity?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably. The issue was that your bridge and middle were running out of phase. When you swapped the middle leads, you fixed the mid/bridge phase problem, but created a new one with mid/neck phase. Your solution there would have been to swap the leads on the bridge position humbucker instead (assuming a 2 or 4 lead humbucker, rather than the vintage one-lead-and-shield-as-lead style). Either that, or switched leads on both middle and neck. Either way would have made everybody happy.

(Or I may have it exactly backwards - I can never tell which positions 2 and 4 are supposed to be. Either way, if you'd flipped the leads on the OUTERMOST pickup that was in the problem combo, you'd have fixed it.)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dave-- I figured it might have been RWRP. I'll reverse the leads on the 70's RI neck pickup and take another shot at it.
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