This is a nagging headache that anyone who installs pickups needs to deal with at one point. I'm not even a newbie at installing pickups, but this problem still haunts me from time to time, especially since I mix'n'match brands quite often. I have a good understanding of some of it, but I want to hear from some members that have the solution to everything! Even though I know the answers to some of these questions, I'm writing these scenarios anyway, for the benefit of everyone.
When two pickups are on at the same time and there's a thin nasally honk, yet the hum is cancelled it is WHAT? Polarity problem or wind direction issue?
When two pickups sound fine in the middle position, but there still IS hum, it is WHAT? Polarity problem or wind direction issue? Solution?
Let's say you have 3 single coils in a strat, and you encounter either of those two problems in the 2 or 4 position, what is the solution? I've heard that if that problem happens in the bridge position, you have to reverse the bridge hot and ground, then reverse the neck and middle pickup, but wire them normally. Is this correct?
Now, let's say you install a Duncan humbucker with 2 singles. Of course, your humbucker will have both coils on, mixed with your middle. What do you need to do with the red and white wires to get the humbucker to split, when you're on the #2 position? Again, if there's the nasally honk or NON humcancelling, do you use the solution I mentioned.......reversing the leads, and reversing the neck and middle (wired normally)?