When Jim told me that he needed to buy a humbucker for his son for Christmas I thought he was making up non-existent words. What in the world is a “humbucker?” I really didn’t want to look like a total idiot, so I just smiled, nodded, and said “oh, I see.” After a while, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to go online and find out what a humbucker is!
Well, Google to the rescue, I typed in the search engine’s text box “what is a humbucker” and the first result was from Wikipedia, and there was actually a good explanation of what a humbucker is, what it is designed to do, and who invented it and who patented it first. As many things happen in this world, according to Wikipedia the person who patented it first is not the person who has been given credit for inventing it – the second person to patent it is the one who has been given credit for inventing it.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that these types of things happen more often than the general public realizes. A very long time ago I was given a book that was about the history of the telephone and it would seem that an Italian man may have invented the telephone earlier than Mr. Bell. And yet Mr. Bell is the one who has been given credit for it.