So I tried to throw in a dummy coil under my Esquire pickguard. What went wrong?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by michael.e, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. michael.e

    michael.e Supporting Member

    Aug 4, 2003
    Half Moon Bay, CA
    I have a 4 way switch on my Esquire. Of course, it makes more noise than my H B's when I get fuzzed up.

    I removed the magnet from a less expensive pickup [I am aware of the winding matchup and other things that need to be in play] and hooked it up to ground and to the one lug on the switch where I want the dummy to be integrated.
    Did not work. I switched wires around, still no work.

    What else needs to be done?
  2. Zexcoil

    Zexcoil Vendor

    Sep 24, 2005
    Well, when you take the magnets out the inductance of the coil will go down by quite a bit. As a result of this it will pick up less anti-polarity noise. It could be that it is working, just not as well as you might expect.

    Also, is it properly aligned with the other coil (i.e. is the coil in the same orientation such that the poles would be in the same direction as the poles in the working pickup)?

    Did you break the coil when you took the poles out?
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2015

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