SE Zach Myers pickups info, for coil splitting (magnetic polarity)

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  1. STEVE SS

    STEVE SS New Member

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    Hi everybody!
    I 'm new in this forum and I ended up here searching information for the G&B pickups that my SE Zach Myers is equipped .

    Basicaly I wanted to modify the pickups so as to have a coil splitting with 2 tone push/pull pots.
    I found some videos for how to and some wirring diagrams (especially from Seymour Duncan's site) and I proceed to the "operation" of Zach Myers.
    There I found out that the G&B pickups are wired with a 2 conductor wire !! (Hot and a bare one)!!! As it is known you can't do coil splitting with such a wire.

    So I tried to modify them in 4 conductor wire conductors.
    And there came the problems :
    What' s the magnetic polarity of each single pickup of humbuckers?
    Is it (in order from bridge to neck) N-S for Bridge and
    S-N for Neck ?? or otherwise??
    I think that it should be N-S, N-S but a test with compass showed that the polarity is N-S, S-N :(!!!
    Doing something wrong here??

    Any help is welcomed
     
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  2. WayneW

    WayneW New Member

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    I have a similar question. I'm replacing the Alpha pots in my Zach Myers with CTS pots and replacing the selector switch with a Free-Way Ultra 6 position switch to get out of phase sounds. In looking at the wiring, I have two wiring harnesses, one from each pickup. Each wiring harness has 4 wires: red (hot), black (ground), and a green wire and white wire which are taped together. The diagram for my Free-Way Ultra switch requires that I know which are the North/South Start and Finish wires for each pickup, but without a polarity tester, have no way of knowing. If anyone could tell me which of the green and white wires are North or South and Start or Finish, I'd appreciate it.
     
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    I found some videos on YouTube that demonstrate how to determine which wires are which in a pickup. Using a multimeter and the techniques I saw on YouTube, here's the breakdown of color codes to wires on a PRS SE Zach Myers (and probably for all other PRS pickups as well):

    Neck and Bridge: North Start Black, North Finish White; South Start Red, South Finish Green.

    Polarity (determined by magnetic polarity tester): Both Pickups Screw Coil is South, Slug Coil is North.

    Hope this helps!
     

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