How to find out? - Jemsite
Pickups & wiring Discussion about pickup types, replacements, recomendations, switching, wiring diagrams and sustainer systems for ANY guitar, JEMs included.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Hilversum, The Netherlands
Posts: 3,274
How to find out?


I've just replaced a pup on my guitar, and I'm pretty okay with the sound (I have an open question on this same board, by the way).

But, just to be sure, I'd like to know how I can tell if a specific coil (say on the bridge humbucker) is "on" or "off" at a specific position.

I notice the change in tone as the switch goes from 1 to 5, but I'd like to be sure I've properly soldered stuff together.

Ibateur is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 10:44 AM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: UK
Posts: 249
I'm not sure if it's the reccomended method, but I find tapping the pole pieces with a screwdriver makes a click on the coils that are 'on'
hexa-db is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 11:32 AM
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: California
Posts: 1,895
Yup-but with the distortion off, because if you're checking for single coil operation on a humbucker, the coil that is off will still make a sound, just lighter. Overdrive compresses the sound and you can't tell. The other pickups may make a noise even when off, but that's just sympathetic. Listen for the strong noise.
frankfalbo is offline  
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 11:39 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: London, Essex, UK
Posts: 3,619
yeah, thats what I do. Just get something metal like a screwdriver and tap the pole-pieces on the pickup.
If it makes a noise then its fine!
Gary - The.Godfather
the.godfather is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Hilversum, The Netherlands
Posts: 3,274
Thanks everyone for your advice!
Ibateur is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 04:57 PM
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 48
A coin (nikkel-> magnetic) is always very near!
Sadegh is offline  

bridge hum , bridge humbucker

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
help me find out what this is! skrewflanders All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 13 09-24-2011 05:15 PM
Anyone know where to find one of these? chasingtheclown All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 3 02-17-2008 02:09 PM
find your way to g **** breadfan Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! 5 12-01-2006 08:32 AM
anyone know where to find.... Minotaur Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! 1 09-04-2005 01:13 PM
GTC-7... where to find it? cocobig Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods 0 10-26-2003 01:29 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome