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    Humbucker neck? humbucker bridge?

    Hi guys

    do you know which is the neck and which is the bridge?
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    If you go to the wiring diagrams section on the BPG site http://www.pitbullguitars.com/wiring-diagrams/ then select the humbucker diagram, the it shows the yellow wired one as the neck and the red as the bridge.

    Another way of checking is to measure the DC resistance of the pickups. The bridge one should have a slightly higher resistance than the neck pickup. This is because the movement of the strings is greater at the neck pickup position than at the bridge position, so the bridge pickup needs more turns of wire to produce a similar strength output signal - and more wire means more resistance). Your picture shows two-wire output pickups, so it's easy to check this.
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    Exactly what Simon said!
    Another quick way of checking is the length of the wires.
    Since the neck pup is furthest away from the control cavity, it normally has a longer wire.
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    Doh!
    thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Barden View Post
    If you go to the wiring diagrams section on the BPG site http://www.pitbullguitars.com/wiring-diagrams/ then select the humbucker diagram, the it shows the yellow wired one as the neck and the red as the bridge.
    Just a word of warning - there is the odd change to the kits that come through and while we work to get the wiring diagrams right, we can make mistakes. That said, the best way to tell which is neck / bridge is as Simon and Zandit have said. The exception to this is Jazz basses where the neck pickup is marginally (a couple of mm) smaller.

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