In phase pickups

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  1. ironmailer

    ironmailer Member

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    I noticed that my guitar pops when I shift pickups I am suspecting that they are not in-phase.

    How do I test if my strat pickups are in phase?
     
  2. fishlog

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    Sounds like you might just have some sort of grounding problem.
     
  3. Vintage-tone

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    If when you are between position 2 ( neck + mid ) and 4 ( mid + bridge ) the sound becomes very thin, very low output level compared to each pup alone, then you are "out of phase" .
    the solution will be to switch the ground and hot of the mid pup.
    The pops may come from a bad switch or a bad soldering on it.
     
  4. ironmailer

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    My strat have Suhr VL60LPs on the neck and mid. EJ bridge on the bridge.
    I cleaned the selector switch with a contacts cleaner but still I hear the pop.
     
  5. ironmailer

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    So far it doesnt sound thin on the 2 and 4 position. I do hear the pop when I switch from those position though.
     
  6. fishlog

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    Check all your grounds! The ones from the pick ups, The one to your out put jack, The one to your trem. You would know if you were out of phase. Actually on Mustangs and such you can select to be in phase or out of phase.

    But since the popping is not coming when your playing, rather when your switching between Pups, something sounds ungrounded or maybe the switch is bad???
     
  7. Polynitro

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    Sounds like you got some microphonic pups which is a good thing...Does it do it only when you first turn on the amp and it pops the first time you switch and then stops?
     

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