Originally Posted by Micky
I think you are experiencing the 'humbucking' effect, where the other wind is actually being induced as you have observed. Hopefully Rayne will chime in here and pick this subject apart for us.
The resistance is pretty much spot on....16.2k across both coils in series...8.1k individually. And I think you are right....it appears that the unconnected coil is simply within the active field. Probably a function of the pickup itself...the Seymour Duncan hotrails is a small package with a lot of wire...lot of field across two rails that site about a centimeter apart.
I think all is cool...just need to wire it up and see what it sounds like in the guitar, and not worry about meter readings on my bench