#1
I was just restringing my guitar, and for some reason, this idea popped into my head. I remember seeing a custom guitar somewhere where it was mentioned that the humbuckers were turned upside down and it made them sound different. So I was wondering, if I turned the humbuckers on my Epi Les Paul upside down (they're the stock open-coil humbuckers), what would the guitar sound like? Would it be warmer or brighter than usual?
#2
Less output, the metal plate on the bottom would block a lot of the the vibration of the strings from the coils.
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#4
I would think the tone would change a lot as well. Probably sound muffled and overall not good. They come right side up for a reason me thinks.
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#5
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So the tone would stay the same, but the guitar would just not be as loud?


It's not as much the guitar being quieter as the pickups being less sensitive. Less output meaning less gain, and as I said less sensitive. Ideal for cleans, maybe less ideal for distortion, but it comes down to personal preference.
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#6
Hm... I guess it wouldn't hurt to test it out on the bridge humbucker, since I mostly use that for cleans anyway. Thanks.
#7
by upisde down do you mean like the part that is normally on the inside of the guitar is now on the outside, or do you mean the part that normally on the high strings are now on the low strings?
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by upisde down do you mean like the part that is normally on the inside of the guitar is now on the outside, or do you mean the part that normally on the high strings are now on the low strings?


yeah i was trying to figure that out myself lol
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#11
Oh, that would probably have no effect at all.
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#12
alot of strat players do that to their pickups to get a more hendrix like tone. it works when you have taggered pole peices, cuz his strat was strung upside down.
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I mean that the part that normally lies under the high strings are now under the low strings.


Ohhhh. Disregard what I said then, they're right about the Hendrix-y thing.
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#14
^Yeah I would imagine it wouldn't really work for humbuckers, but try it on a single coil!
#15
Dang. I already turned it upside down. :/

Oh well. It actually sounds kind of fatter, but that could just be because I accidentally raised it closer to the strings.

To be honest, I'm just trying to get different sounds out of my guitar without paying for new pickups or anything else involving money, lol.
#16
Not a single person has answered the question properly.
It's called the "Peter Green Mod" because he (PG) had his 58 les paul in for repairs and they accidentally turned the neck pickup around. He kept it that way because it sounded cool. You can hear it on a lot of his albums.
All it does is put the pickups out of phase in the middle position for a kind of nasally sound. I have one of my guitars wired so I can choose in/out of phase with a switch.
#17
Theres a few people out there that swear by it, Dimebag was one of them. Some say it changes the tone others say it doesnt do anything. Sounds like personal prefrence thing to me, flip it, test it and if you like it you have your answer..
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Not a single person has answered the question properly.
It's called the "Peter Green Mod" because he (PG) had his 58 les paul in for repairs and they accidentally turned the neck pickup around. He kept it that way because it sounded cool. You can hear it on a lot of his albums.
All it does is put the pickups out of phase in the middle position for a kind of nasally sound. I have one of my guitars wired so I can choose in/out of phase with a switch.


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Not a single person has answered the question properly.
It's called the "Peter Green Mod" because he (PG) had his 58 les paul in for repairs and they accidentally turned the neck pickup around. He kept it that way because it sounded cool. You can hear it on a lot of his albums.
All it does is put the pickups out of phase in the middle position for a kind of nasally sound. I have one of my guitars wired so I can choose in/out of phase with a switch.


I was actually going to say that.
But, yes, that is correct what roc said.
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#20
I've read some articles about some well known guitarists that do this.... even on both bridge and neck...

I don't know how true it is as I haven't tried it, but one of the articles was saying that it changes the voicing of the pickup. They were saying that the characteristics from the High E side to the low E side were different and that it provided a tad more warmth on the high strings and a little more edge to the low strings.
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