#1
what does it mean when a pickup is "reverse wound"? i've heard this term a lot, usually on the topic of pup configurations...
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the middle pick-up of a S/S/S Strat is reverse wound so that when the 2nd and 4th position is put it will cancel out the hum that the pick-ups create by themselves
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you mean reverse polarity?

It's so that you get hum cancelling in position 2+4 with single coils
I think reverse polarity is the middle one having reversed magnets though...
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you mean reverse polarity?

It's so that you get hum cancelling in position 2+4 with single coils
I think reverse polarity is the middle one having reversed magnets though...

something like that, the pick up is normal but because its reverse wound it creates the same magnetic field that humbuckers create
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what is the difference between reverse polarity and reverse wound? and what does out of phase mean?
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Reverse polarity is a flipped magnet, and Reverse wound is essentially flipped coil windings.

I don't know what "out of phase" actually means, in technical terms in regards to pickups (Must make sure I do find out, though...) but it happens when two pickups (or even the two coils of a humbucker) either have magnets of reverse polarity but windings are the same direction, or the magnets are of the same polarity and windings are opposite.
Essentially, what's happening is that some frequencies are canceled out. The closer the coils/pickups, the more are canceled out (this is why when a humbuckers coils are put out of phase, the output is much weaker).
This results in a honky or nasally kind of tone that's also a bit harsh. It's kind of cool.