Re: Noise (eletric setup) Question
The middle is not reverse wound--it is '62 accurate.
"The pickups, which Fender says are reverse-engineered from a particularly coveted ’63 Stratocaster, are made of Formvar wire wound around Alnico 5 magnets. They have a DC resistance of 5.6K and inductance of 3 Henries, putting them at the very low output end of the spectrum compared to, say, the Texas Special Bridge Pickup which tops out at 7.10K or the ceramic magnet Hot Noiseless designed for Jeff Beck, which gets all the way up to 10.4K.
Controls include a master volume pot as well as tone controls for the neck and middle pickups. All three pickups share the same magnet polarity and winding direction. In later years, guitar companies grew hip to the idea of including a reverse-polarity, reverse-wound middle pickup that would serve to create a humbucking effect when that pickup is combined with one of the others, but since this is a vintage-accurate reissue, you have to deal with any extraneous buzz on all pickup settings. Speaking of which, the pickup switch is a vintage-accurate 3-way version – neck, middle or bridge only – but Fender thoughtfully includes a 5-way switch in the age so you can change it over yourself (or have a tech or guitar store do it for you)."