#1
Does turning a pickup 180 degrees affect it's tone? I recently swapped bridge pickups with someone and apparently Gibson's zebra coils are backwards to Seymour Duncan .

Notice the bobbin with pole pieces. On the neck pickup the black one has the screws, whereas the bridge has it on the creme bobbin. I'd prefer to keep it like this for aesthetics, but I'm not sure how it will affect the bridge pickup's tone or both pickups selected. The pickguard is just sitting on the guitar btw, it's not screwed in yet.

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#2
Depends on how asymmetrically the coils are wound. Typically, less symmetrical coils are a "vintage" pickup thing so it probably won't make a large difference on a 500T.
#3
sometimes they can do stuff to the poll pieces too. it seems all the poll pieces are flush though.

i wouldn't be concerned about flipping it, i doubt you'd even notice much of a difference either way.

also, i don't personally get hung up on the zebra strips matching properly either. it makes it own kinda statement and doesn't look bad imo.
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#4
I've always heard it could... but how much, I dunno. depending on how much you fiddle with the screws I'm guessing you could minimise or maximise how different it sounds, too.

I probably wouldn't worry about it.
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#5
As I recall, flipped pups are part of the sound of Peter Green (and Joe Bonamassa), but even so, it is a subtle thing.
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#6
Good deal, I went ahead and wired it up as shown. About to string it up so we'll see, I don't think it'll make any significant difference being a 500T. I guess the actual magnet would have to be turned upside down (instead of spun 180) to cause phase problems with both pickups selected as well.


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