Fender Strat – parity between neck and middle pickups?



Asked by: James Harrison

Are Strat neck and middle pickups the same?





Neck and middle strat pickups are the same, with the exception of modern instruments where the middle pickup is reversely wound to allow for hum canceling in the 2nd and 4th pickup switch positions. Originally, all 3 pickups were the same, but due to player preference, bridge pickups are now hotter.

What is the middle pickup on a Strat good for?

Of course, the strat middle pickup is commonly used in association with the bridge or neck pickup, and it’s pretty much standard practice to split the coil of a neck or bridge humbucker when used with the middle single coil in the ‘2’ and ‘4’ positions on the pickup selector switch.

Can I use a neck pickup in the middle position?

should be fine in terms of sound. a lot (not all) pickup manufacturers use the same pickup in neck and middle positions. as you suggested, though, it probably won’t be RWRP, so that’d be worth bearing in mind.

Is a Strat middle pickup reverse wound?

This is why most Strat middle pickups and Tele neck pickups are what is known as reverse wind, reverse polarity, or RWRP for short. With a RWRP middle pickup in a Strat, for example, you will get hum cancelling in positions 2 and 4 on a 5-way switch. Humbuckers all operate on this principle.

What is the point of middle pickups?





Middle pickups are another possible choice to have a wider range of sounds and flavors in your playing. Particularly, they sound neutral with no treble ni mid punch and work great for rhythm. They are also mostly used combined with the neck and bridge pickups but they may also be used purely themselves.

Why do Strats have 3 pickups?

To give the instrument a wider tonal variation. The three pickups give the Stratocaster an added tone with the use of the center pickup. The neck and middle pickups have a treble cut control and the bridge pickup has no tone adjustment.

What pickup position did Hendrix use?

Jimi used the neck pickup a lot in his playing, it gave a real thick sound. He also sometimes used Middle+Neck, so try those options.

What are the hottest Strat pickups?

9 Best Strat Pickups 2022

  • Fender Strat Hot Noiseless Pickups, Aged White.
  • Lace Sensor Blue-Silver-Red Pickup Set.
  • Fender Tex-Mex Strat Pickups.
  • Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Pickups.
  • Seymour Duncan California 50s Strat Pickup Set.
  • Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Strat Surfer Series Pickups.

What kind of pickups are in a Mexican Strat?

By contrast, Players have alnico (aluminum-nickel-cobalt) magnetic pickups, like MIA Strats. Yet, unlike the American-made and Mexican Standard Strats, the Player series have one tone knob for the neck/middle pickup and one for the bridge pickup, instead of the traditional neck pickup knob and middle pickup knob.



Are Strat pickups out of phase?

While they are often (and incorrectly) referred to as “out-of-phase positions,” in positions two and four both pickups are still in-phase. Another myth you might read when researching out-of-phase sounds is that they are what’s commonly known as the “Jimi Hendrix” sound.

How do I know if my pickup is a reverse wound?

If North pulls towards the pickup, your pickups are “South To Strings,” or“South Up” (Opposites attract). If South pulls towards your pickup, your pickup is North To Strings. It’s essential to know your magnetic polarity, as some pickups can have their coil direction reversed easily.

What is RWRP?

RWRP, or “reversed-wiring reversed-phase”, is a term usually used to describe single-coil pickup sets or individual single-coil guitar pickups.



What is reverse wound?

Share. By Sweetwater on Sep 8, 2014, 8:22 AM. Also abbreviated as “RWRP,” this refers to a single-coil pickup with its magnetic pole reversed and wire wound in the opposite direction compared to the other single-coil pickups in the same guitar.

What does RW RP mean in pickups?

reverse-wound, reverse-polarity

A: “RWRP” is an abbreviation for “reverse-wound, reverse-polarity” and refers to a technique used to build pickups so that they cancel hum. To understand how this works, a quick explanation of how pickups work is in order.

What does it mean when a guitar pickup is out of phase?

In electric guitar land the term “out of phase” refers to a cancellation of sounds that happens when two pickups that have either opposite winding direction, or opposite magnetic polarity are turned on at the same time.



How do you fix out of phase pickups?

You can fix the phase of pickups in two ways: First, you can magnetically change the polarity on one of the two pickups by physically reversing the magnet 180 degrees or remagnetizing the magnet with opposite polarity either from North to South or South to North.

How do you fix an out of phase guitar?


There is no real standard for this so in order for me to fix it what I have to do is switch the mechanical polarity I could probably just switch the wires around.