Pickup Manufacturer's Color Codes

 

Pickup Manufacturer

Adjustable Pole

Slug Pole

 

Winding Direction

 

Notes and Special Instructions

 

Start "A"

Finish " B"

M.P.

Start "C"

Finish "D"

M.P.

Tom Anderson
Humbucker

Black-

White

South

Green

Red+

North

B/W coil is CW
G/R coil is CW

Green/White is series link. Anderson winds one coil opposite the other; therefore they tie a finish with a start. Both coils are slugsóno adjustable polepieces. Inspect bottom of pickup and trace colored wires to their coils.

Tom Anderson Single-coil

NA

NA

NA

Black

White, Red, Purple or Yellow

North

CW

Reverse-wound reverse-polarity pickups are opposite these specs. Tapped single-coils are black, white, and red, RW/RP black, yellowand purple.

WD/Kent Armstrong
Humbucker

Red
(Pink)

Blue
(Black)

South

Green

White

North

CW

WD/Kent Armstrong
Single-coil

NA

NA

NA

Black

White

South

CW

RW/RP has north top polarity.

Joe Barden
Humbucker

Green

Red

South

Black

White

North

CW

Output wire always exits under south polarity coil. All pickups are humbucking with stainless steel blade polepieces. Ceramic magnet applies magnetic field.

Bartolini Black+ Red South Green- White North Red/White is series link.

Benedetto
Humbucker

Green-

White

South

Red+

Black

North

CCW

Black/White is series link. Coil above "Benedetto" in the cover has a south Humbucker polarity.

DiMarzio
Humbucker

Green-

White

South

Red+

Black

North

CCW

Black/White is series link. Output wire always exits pickupís baseplate under the south polarity coil.

DiMarzio
Single-coil

NA

NA

NA

Black

White

South

CW

Seymour Duncan
Humbucker

Green-

Red

South

Black

White

North

CW

Red/White is series link.

Seymour Duncan
Single-coil

NA

NA

NA

Black

White

South

CW

Antiquity pickups are wound CCW. RW/RP single-coil pickups are opposite the given specs.

Seymour Duncan tapped White Green/ Black Red red is tapped output

Fender
Stratocaster

NA

NA

NA

Black

White

South

CW

First few production years have north polarity.

Fender Telecaster Lead

NA

NA

NA

Black
(or blue)

White
(or yellow)

South

CCW

Magnetic polarities varied during early production years.

Fender
Telecaster Rhythm

NA

NA

NA

Black

White

South

CCW

Magnetic polarities varied during early production years.

Fender 70's
Humbucker

Ground

Series- link

South

Hot

Series-link

North

CCW

The "south" polarity coil is the top coil or above the "Fender" in the cover. Polepieces (adjustable & non-adjustable) are all made from the magnetic alloy CuNiFe (Copper-Nickel-Ferrite). At the time of this pickups production, CuNiFe was the only magnetic alloy that could be threaded. Fender used the finishes for the series-link.

Fender Humbucker Red- Black South Green+ White North

Lindy Fralin
Humbucker

Black

Red

South

White

Red

North

CCW

Lindy ties the finishes together into a single tapped output (red). Some models may have opposite magnetic poles.

Lindy Fralin
Single-coil

NA

NA

NA

Black

White

North or South

CW or CCW

50ís model pickups are wound CW and have "N" top polarity. 60ís model pickups are wound CCW and have "S" polarity.

Gibson
Humbucker

Black-

Green

South

Red+

White

North

CCW

Green/White is series link. For 2-conductor humbuckers the outer-braid is ground, inner is hot.

Gibson
P-90

Black

White

North

NA

NA

NA

CCW

Gibson
P-100

Black

White

North

Black

White

North

CCW

Coils are wired in parallel, in-phase. This allows the pickup to be hum-canceling, but retain single-coil type tones. The lower coil is inverted (rotated 180 degrees) to achieve the reverse wind direction and electron flow.

Gotoh

Green-

Red

South

Black+

White

North

CCW

Red/White is series link.

Ibanez tapped Bare White Red red is tapped output
Jackson Black- Red South Green+ White North Red/White is series link.

Lawrence
Humbucker

Green

Black-

North

White

Red+

South

Green/White is series link. Output wire exits pickup under the south coil.

Lawrence
Single-coil

NA

NA

NA

Grey

White

North

CW

Hum-canceling single-coil designs; red, black &
bare

Peavey Black- White North Red+ Green South Green/White is series link.
Peavey tapped White Green/Black Red red is tapped output

Schaller
Humbucker

White

Green-

South

Brown

Yellow+

North

CW

Brown/White is series link.

Schaller
Single-coil

NA

NA

NA

Black

White

South or North

CW

South polarity for S6 and T6, North on S6 Vintage. The output wire is coaxial, so black (outer-braid) is ground and the white (inner-wire) is hot.

Shadow

Yellow-

Brown

North

White

Green+

South

Brown/White is series link.