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Using a HSS setup, do I need RW/RP Middle Single coil?

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  • Using a HSS setup, do I need RW/RP Middle Single coil?

    Hey guys,
    I am building a HSS strat. I will be using a JB at the bridge split with a 5 way switch, then an SSL-3 in the middle and SSL-3 in the neck. I see usually with all single coil setups the middle is reverse wound/ reverse polarity for noise reasons.

    Does duncan make a middle and neck specific SSL-3?

    I did not see that specified on the website.

    What do I need for the HSS setup for it to work best?



    Anyone with used SSL-3's let me know, looking now for two.


    Thanks for the thoughts in advance!

  • #2
    Re: Using a HSS setup, do I need RW/RP Middle Single coil?

    We just had a similar discussion a few days ago. Try the search function (use RW/RP or HSS).
    Generally, for noise cancelling, you need to combine two PUs (or coils in a HB) with opposite winding and polarity. So, depending on which coil of the Bridge humbucker you leave active, you would need to use an RW/RP either in the middle or neck position.

    If you leave the slug coil active (most common), the middle PU should be a regular. If you leave the screw coil active (like I do in my HSH strat), you need an RW/RP in the middle for hum cancelling in the 2 position.

    Now, if the middle PU is a regular, the neck needs to be RW/RP to get hum-cancelling in Pos. 4.

    The two options are:

    1. Bridge: HB (slug coil) - Middle: SC (regular) - Neck: SC (RW/RP)
    2. Bridge: HB (screw coil) - Middle: SC (RW/RP) - Neck: SC (regular)

    I hope that made any sense at all...

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    • #3
      Re: Using a HSS setup, do I need RW/RP Middle Single coil?

      Thanks,
      That makes perfect sense. It is the information I was looking for. I really appreciate your help.

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