#1
Alright, I play with a Strat, usually with my computer on so I can play along to songs on iTunes. Obviously there's a ton of noise that comes from the pickups when I'm not playing and just facing the computer, but why does the noise go away when I select the second or fourth position on my pickup selector? Wouldn't selecting two pickups create more noise?
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#2
Becase two single coils become active making it humcanceling.
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#3
Completely the opposite, humbuckers are quiet because the magnets from the two pups cancel out the hum, same goes with the middle positions on a SSS guitar
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#4
you have a CRT monitor, don't you?
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#5
Haha, it seems so obvious now. I didn't think about the effect of having two electomagnets on at the same time. Just something that had been bugging me ever since I started playing.
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#6
when you have it on an inbetween setting thats when its running on 2 pickups. when its on 2 pickups that makes it more like a split humbucker or stacked single coil wich usally means less feedback. mine does the same thing, if you adjust the tone apropitly itll sound just like a regular single coil
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when you have it on an inbetween setting thats when its running on 2 pickups. when its on 2 pickups that makes it more like a split humbucker or stacked single coil wich usally means less feedback. mine does the same thing, if you adjust the tone apropitly itll sound just like a regular single coil

nope.

In positions 2&4 on the strat, they're wired in parrelell, not series like a humbucker. A split humbucker is just a single coil on the humbucker and a stacked humbucker is two single coils stacked up on eachother wired in series, like a humbucker. The sound you get in positions 2 and 4 is not "like a humbucker," It's almost the opposite. It's jangly and quiet, humbuckers are boomy and loud.

The way noise cancelling works with single coils is that one is reverse wrapped and have negative polarity, so what happens is one pickup does 60-cycle "positive" while the other does 60-cycle "negative" and the two cycles just phase eachother out. It's similar to humbuckers, but humbucker's tone comes from the series wiring, not the reverse wrap.
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#8
Thanks Thomme, very helpful.
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