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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Pickup resistance vs. output??

Just wondering if a higher/lower R value equals louder/hot pickup or is it the other way around?

I know that typically a neck pickup has a lower R value compared to a bridge and is often times louder.

Reason I ask is I have a 3 pickup Epiphone SG Custom and want to put a p90 in the center position. Should I get a neck pickup or bridge. It is likely a neck pickup in there now but what difference would it make???

What happens when a neck pickup is swapped with the bridge, same question I guess?

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Re: Pickup resistance vs. output??

Resistance has nothing to do with output really, it's compression. There are a number of high output pickups with low resistance, as well as low output pickups with high resistance. Output is a combination of magnet type and wire gauge. Resistance has to do with the amount of winds of wire.
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Re: Pickup resistance vs. output??

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Resistance has nothing to do with output really, it's compression. There are a number of high output pickups with low resistance, as well as low output pickups with high resistance. Output is a combination of magnet type and wire gauge. Resistance has to do with the amount of winds of wire.
that is spot on. They only thing i might add is that typically if the DC resistance is super high (20 plus) the pickup will usually be a bit darker sounding because some of the high end is lost because of the high resistance. The same doesn't always apply to a lower resistance pickup but most pickups with 8 or less kohms resistance are a little brighter because they dont lose much high end due to the lower resistance.


again it really depends on how the pickup is made/wound and what type and size magnet is used.
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Resistance has nothing to do with output really, it's compression. There are a number of high output pickups with low resistance, as well as low output pickups with high resistance. Output is a combination of magnet type and wire gauge. Resistance has to do with the amount of winds of wire.
DC resistance also depends on the wiring gauge, but not the magnetic field of the magnet. The bigger is the cross section, the lower is the resistance (for a same number of turns)
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Re: Pickup resistance vs. output??

So there is lots of variance then holy! What I am looking for is a P90 that would sound closer to the sound of a bridge P90 but in the center position. I would like to "almost" emulate the sound I would have coming from the bridge of a Les Paul Junior with a P90 in the bridge.

I am not sure what to look for. I am more of an Ibanez guy for sure and I realize I could post in a Gibson forum but I like to do all of my guitar talk here, I value the feedback that I get. It is always a helpful site!

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Re: Pickup resistance vs. output??

I'm of no help here, I don't know anything about P90s...
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