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How to identify neck & bridge pickups?
« on: April 06, 2005, 11:08:45 AM »
Hi tim, im not sure i put the black dogs in the right way, how can i tell the difference between the neck & bridge? i did not fit them to this guitar from the box, andy's fitted them to another LP, then i took them out, forgot to make a note of which one came from where & picked the one with the slightly longer cable to use for the bridge.

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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2005, 11:40:36 AM »
I think there's usually a tiny N somewhere on the neck.....Tim will remind me if I'm wrong.

If you can't find that, get a multimeter, set it to ohms above 20k, and measure the resistance of the pickup, highest is bridge, and lowest is neck.

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2005, 11:46:02 AM »
yeah ok, ive got those knocking around all over the place.

im not going to buy one just to work it out, it would be easier to swap the pups & see how they sound!

cant i stick them on my tongue, like a duracell battery or something?

i'll look for the small N when i can be bothered to unscrew them, but i had a good look before & could not see anything.

is it printed, stamped or hand written?

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2005, 11:47:36 AM »
At a guess the longer lead will be bridge but as HJM says use a meter to check.

If memory serves me correct they're both the same spacing so a DC check is the only definate way of checking.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2005, 12:07:33 PM »
I'd recommednt to everyone who's changing pickups, get a meter! Maplin were doing 2 for 5 not so long ago - do the job! All you need is resistance and continuity, but takes all the guesswork out!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2005, 12:24:09 PM »
Well said brother Yngwie! :D
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2005, 12:46:47 PM »
anybody want to go halves with me?

just kidding.. lol

i shall look into it, but i am very technically inept! i was amazed with myself for even changing them in the 1st place!

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How to identify neck & bridge pickups?
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2005, 01:08:14 PM »
check the side of the polepieces with screws, and the exit point of the wire.
screws to neck for neck pick, wire to bridge for neck pickup.
bridge : screws to bridge , wire to bridge.
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2005, 01:29:01 PM »
erm....but doesn't this work out which one is which does it if you swapped them around they'd look teh same wouldn't they?? - I'm trying to picture it???
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How to identify neck & bridge pickups?
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2005, 01:32:47 PM »
exit point of wires usualy is to the bottom of the guitar.
and pickups screws are usually only on 1 bobbin.

the neck pickup screws to neck , bridge pickup screws to bridge.

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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2005, 01:34:04 PM »
Ahhh - I get you now....
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