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  • jeremy
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    Originally posted by Lewguitar View Post

    Right.

    So if a company wants to test their own pickups and give output readings, those readings might be accurate for their own pickups, but not relate to another company's readings because there's no standard for testing.

    For Duncan's readings to be compared to Dimarzio's readings you'd need the same robot to test both company's pickups in exactly the same way.
    right which will never happen, but still its a useful number for comparing within a brand

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  • ToneFiddler
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    Originally posted by ArtieToo View Post
    Funny that ALL the Nazgul's read 666.
    ^^
    it's a conspiracy
    they build this test around this number!

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  • Lewguitar
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    Originally posted by jeremy View Post
    thats true, but dimarzio has a method for it so it can be done. the dimarzio mv output numbers and great for comparing between other dimarzio models. each pup is tested in the same way, so while the actual output may be different in your guitar the number will tell you relatively what to expect.
    Right.

    So if a company wants to test their own pickups and give output readings, those readings might be accurate for their own pickups, but not relate to another company's readings because there's no standard for testing.

    For Duncan's readings to be compared to Dimarzio's readings you'd need the same robot to test both company's pickups in exactly the same way.
    Last edited by Lewguitar; 08-10-2020, 09:16 AM.

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  • jeremy
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    thats true, but dimarzio has a method for it so it can be done. the dimarzio mv output numbers and great for comparing between other dimarzio models. each pup is tested in the same way, so while the actual output may be different in your guitar the number will tell you relatively what to expect.

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  • Lewguitar
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    Originally posted by Clint 55 View Post
    Those readings don't look very helpful if they somehow got the Full Shred neck to be almost as hot as a bridge humbucker. For effs sake it's just a vintage output neck hum same as the rest of them. They also got the Invader neck to read lower than the Jazz neck lol!! Completely useless info.
    That's why Duncan doesn't give output specs. It's too dependent on too many variables.

    People picture a pickup as having a measurable output just sitting there in its box or sitting in an unplugged, unplayed guitar.

    But no output exists until a plucked steel string interacts with the magnetic field of the pickup and induces voltage.

    People are asking for something that doesn't exist until YOU strum or pluck the strings, and then once there is an output it could be anything, because it's totally dependent on how hard you pluck, where the pickup is mounted on the guitar, how close to the strings the pickup is...on and on.

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  • Clint 55
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    Those readings don't look very helpful if they somehow got the Full Shred neck to be almost as hot as a bridge humbucker. For effs sake it's just a vintage output neck hum same as the rest of them. They also got the Invader neck to read lower than the Jazz neck lol!! Completely useless info.

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  • Gtrjunior
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    Originally posted by Mincer View Post
    The only time tests were done were about 5-6 years ago. I found this list from the thread I remember. I don't know how scientific this was but I think they really worked hard to provide consistent picking. At least it gives you a good idea when comparing different pickups. From what I remember, this was the only time this info was published. From the original post:

    Good afternoon forum friends, as many of you know we are deep in the midst of a website design (and yes for those of you rolling your eyes, it has been an extraordinarily long journey as we completely re-design, record and sample our many, many pickups). I wanted to give you guys a peak at some upcoming mV data. You all know the limitations of using DC resistance as an indicator of output, a much better indicator is mV. We've devised a precise and repeatable method for testing pickup output which we believe corresponds closely to actual playing. We start with a Telecaster that has an oversized cavity routed to allow easy pickup installation. The guitar is carefully tuned to standard tuning (consistent tuning is important). We add a custom machined, mechanical, spring loaded strum arm with a tempered, .004” thick spring steel pick. We install the pickup, setting the distance from the top of the pickup to the string to .093” +/- .010” (consistent set-up is essential). We then load and release the strum arm, capturing the result on a digital storage oscilloscope. We perform this process 5 times for a 3 pickup sample lot and average the results. This is repeated for every model we make.

    I'm happy to be able to share some of this data with you today. I appreciate you guys being cool and patient with us as we work to give you all the tools you could ever want to make the best selection.

    SH-55n Seth Lover Model Nkl 399
    SH-55b Seth Lover Model Nkl 399
    SH-2n Jazz Model 501
    SH-2b Jazz Model 571
    SH-3 Stag Mag 389
    SH-4 JB Model 737
    SH-5 Duncan Custom 784
    7Str Distortion Brg, Amt, Soapbar 792
    8Str Distortion Brg, Amt, Soapbar 792
    SH-6b Duncan Distortion 792
    7Str Distortion Brg Pmt 792
    8Str Distortion Brg Pmt 792
    7Str Distortion Nk,Amt, Soapbar 732
    8Str Distortion Nk,Amt, Soapbar 732
    SH-6n Duncan Distortion 732
    7Str Distortion Nk,Pmt 732
    8Str Distortion Nk,Pmt 732
    SH-8SGn Synyster Gates,&Chr,Neck 491
    SH-8SGb Synyster Gates,&Chr,Brdg 813
    SH-8n Invader 491
    7Str Invader Nk, Pmt 491
    8Str Invader Nk, Pmt 491
    7Str Invader Brg, Amt, Soapbar 813
    8Str Invader Brg, Amt, Soapbar 813
    SH-8b Invader 813
    7Str Invader Brg, Pmt 813
    8Str Invader Brg, Pmt 813
    SM-2n Custom Mini-Humbkr 216
    SM-2b Custom Mini-Humbkr 327
    SM-3n Seymourized Mini-Humbkr 330
    SM-3b Seymourized Mini-Humbkr 354
    SH-PG1n Pearly Gates 513
    SH-PG1b Pearly Gates 543
    SH-10n Full Shred 709
    SH-10b Full Shred 724
    SH-11 Custom Custom 574
    PA-TB1b Original Parallel Axis 749
    PA-TB1n Original Parallel Axis 515
    PA-TB2b Distortion Parallel Axis 741
    PA-STK1n Parallel Axis Stack 291
    PA-TB3b Blues Saraceno Model 694
    SH-12 Screamin' Demon 500
    SH-13 Dimebucker 1160
    SH-14 Custom 5 Black 646
    SH-15 Alternative 8 Black 761
    SH-16 59/Custom Hybrid, 625
    SH-18b Whole Lotta HB bridge 440
    SH-18n Whole Lotta HB Neck 382
    Black Winter, HB Neck 744
    Black Winter, HB Bridge 763
    7Str Black Winter, HB Neck 744
    7Str Black Winter, HB Bridge 763
    8Str Black Winter, HB Neck 744
    8Str Black Winter, HB Bridge 763
    6Str Pegasus Brg. 555
    7Str Pegasus Brg, Amt, Soapbar 555
    8Str Pegasus Brg, Amt, Soapbar 555
    7Str Pegasus Brg, Pmt 555
    8Str Pegasus Brg, Pmt 555
    6Str Nazgūl Brg, Amt, Soapbar 666
    7Str Nazgūl Brg, Amt, Soapbar 666
    8Str Nazgūl Brg, Amt, Soapbar 666
    7Str Nazgūl Brg, Pmt 666
    8Str Nazgūl Brg, Pmt 666
    6Str Sentient Neck, Amt, Soapbar 499
    7Str Sentient Neck, Amt, Soapbar 499
    8Str Sentient Neck, Amt, Soapbar 499
    7Str Sentient Neck, Pmt 499
    8Str Sentient Neck, Pmt 499
    Jason Becker - bridge Black 582
    TB-59 '59 Trembucker 593
    TB-4 JB Trembucker 737
    TB-5 Duncan Custom Trembkr 784
    TB-6 Duncan Distortion Trmbkr 792
    TB-8SGb Synyster Gates,&Chr,Brdg 813
    TB-PG1b Pearly Gates Trembkr 543
    TB-APH1B Alnc II Trembucker 499
    TB-10 Full Shred Trembucker 724
    TB-11 Custom Custom Trembkr 574
    TB-12 Screamin' Demon Trembkr 500
    TB-14 Custom 5 Trembkr Black 646
    TB-15 Alternative 8 Trembkr Black 651
    TB-16 59/Custom Hybrid, 625
    Black Winter, TB Bridge 763
    Pegasus Trembucker, Bridge 555
    Nazgul Trembucker, Bridge 666
    Jason Becker - TB bridge Black 582
    APH-1n Alnc II Pro Humbuckr 452
    APH-1b Alnc II Pro Humbuckr 499
    APH-2n Slash Alnc II Pro HB 475
    APH-2b Slash Alnc II Pro HB 524
    LW-CH2n,LiveWire II,Classic,HB 534
    LW-CH2b,LiveWire II,Classic,HB 936
    LW-Must LiveWire Dave Mustaine,n 1080
    LW-Must LiveWire Dave Mustaine,b 1368
    AHB-1n Blackouts, Neck 1283
    AHB-1b Blackouts, Bridge 1598
    AHB-1n Blackouts 7-Strg Phase 1, Nk 1283
    AHB-1b Blackouts 7-Strg Phase 1, Br 1598
    AHB-1n Blackouts 7-Strg Phase 2, Nk 1283
    AHB-1b Blackouts 7-Strg Phase 2, Br 1598
    AHB-2b Blackouts Metal HB 3648
    AHB-1n Blackouts, 8strg, Neck 1283
    AHB-1b Blackouts, 8strg, Bridge 1598
    AHB-3n MickT Blackouts HB Neck Bk 1079
    AHB-3b MickT Blackouts HB Bridge Bk 1419
    AHB-3n Mick T Blackouts 7-Str Ph 1 1079
    AHB-3b Mick T Blackouts 7-Str Ph 1 1419
    AHB-3n Mick T Blackouts 7Str Ph 2 1079
    AHB-3b Mick T Blackouts 7Str Ph 2 1419
    AHB-10n Blackouts Coil Pack Nk 1829
    AHB-10b Blackouts Coil Pack Brg 1870
    AHB-11n Gus G Fire Backout Coil Pack Nk 1725
    AHB-11b Gus G Fire Backout Coil Pack Brg 1784
    SH-1n '59 Model 7-Strg 572
    SH-1b '59 Model 7-Strg 593
    SH-2n Jazz Model 7-Strg 501
    SH-4 JB Model 7-Strg 737
    SH-5 Duncan Custom 7-Strg 784
    SH-10n Full Shred Neck 7-Str 709
    SH-10b Full Shred Brg 7-Str 958
    SH-14 Custom 5 7-Str 646
    You should make this a sticky

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  • ArtieToo
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    Funny that ALL the Nazgul's read 666.

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  • Erlend_G
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    ^^ Well,

    I guess the biggest problem is if the pickup isn't "hot enough" to give you sufficient distortion/gain. You could always use a "boost" pedal for this, but...

    ...also it's important to match the output between different pickups in the same guitar. To your liking, of course.

    my thoughts

    -E

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  • PicoRiveraTele
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    I've never understood the desire for output values, for a lot of reasons. It depends on how hard you strum, why not modulate your strumming to suit the situations? How about raising and lower the pickups to taste? A given pickup will always produce less output in the bridge than if it were installed in the neck, so the numbers comparing neck and bridge would apples and oranges. A person can always use a light amount of compression to close of volume differences between pickups. When running into a dirty amp, the volume tends to be the same anyway, and the output just determine how hard the amp will clip at a given amount of gain.

    For the most part, the output could be inferred from the inductance and the magnet. We know the magnet type, if the pickup makers were to supply the inductance, you could just make an educated guess that would be just as accurate, if not more so, than some arbitrary milivoltage regime.

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  • Mincer
    replied
    The only time tests were done were about 5-6 years ago. I found this list from the thread I remember. I don't know how scientific this was but I think they really worked hard to provide consistent picking. At least it gives you a good idea when comparing different pickups. From what I remember, this was the only time this info was published. From the original post:

    Good afternoon forum friends, as many of you know we are deep in the midst of a website design (and yes for those of you rolling your eyes, it has been an extraordinarily long journey as we completely re-design, record and sample our many, many pickups). I wanted to give you guys a peak at some upcoming mV data. You all know the limitations of using DC resistance as an indicator of output, a much better indicator is mV. We've devised a precise and repeatable method for testing pickup output which we believe corresponds closely to actual playing. We start with a Telecaster that has an oversized cavity routed to allow easy pickup installation. The guitar is carefully tuned to standard tuning (consistent tuning is important). We add a custom machined, mechanical, spring loaded strum arm with a tempered, .004” thick spring steel pick. We install the pickup, setting the distance from the top of the pickup to the string to .093” +/- .010” (consistent set-up is essential). We then load and release the strum arm, capturing the result on a digital storage oscilloscope. We perform this process 5 times for a 3 pickup sample lot and average the results. This is repeated for every model we make.

    I'm happy to be able to share some of this data with you today. I appreciate you guys being cool and patient with us as we work to give you all the tools you could ever want to make the best selection.

    SH-55n Seth Lover Model Nkl 399
    SH-55b Seth Lover Model Nkl 399
    SH-2n Jazz Model 501
    SH-2b Jazz Model 571
    SH-3 Stag Mag 389
    SH-4 JB Model 737
    SH-5 Duncan Custom 784
    7Str Distortion Brg, Amt, Soapbar 792
    8Str Distortion Brg, Amt, Soapbar 792
    SH-6b Duncan Distortion 792
    7Str Distortion Brg Pmt 792
    8Str Distortion Brg Pmt 792
    7Str Distortion Nk,Amt, Soapbar 732
    8Str Distortion Nk,Amt, Soapbar 732
    SH-6n Duncan Distortion 732
    7Str Distortion Nk,Pmt 732
    8Str Distortion Nk,Pmt 732
    SH-8SGn Synyster Gates,&Chr,Neck 491
    SH-8SGb Synyster Gates,&Chr,Brdg 813
    SH-8n Invader 491
    7Str Invader Nk, Pmt 491
    8Str Invader Nk, Pmt 491
    7Str Invader Brg, Amt, Soapbar 813
    8Str Invader Brg, Amt, Soapbar 813
    SH-8b Invader 813
    7Str Invader Brg, Pmt 813
    8Str Invader Brg, Pmt 813
    SM-2n Custom Mini-Humbkr 216
    SM-2b Custom Mini-Humbkr 327
    SM-3n Seymourized Mini-Humbkr 330
    SM-3b Seymourized Mini-Humbkr 354
    SH-PG1n Pearly Gates 513
    SH-PG1b Pearly Gates 543
    SH-10n Full Shred 709
    SH-10b Full Shred 724
    SH-11 Custom Custom 574
    PA-TB1b Original Parallel Axis 749
    PA-TB1n Original Parallel Axis 515
    PA-TB2b Distortion Parallel Axis 741
    PA-STK1n Parallel Axis Stack 291
    PA-TB3b Blues Saraceno Model 694
    SH-12 Screamin' Demon 500
    SH-13 Dimebucker 1160
    SH-14 Custom 5 Black 646
    SH-15 Alternative 8 Black 761
    SH-16 59/Custom Hybrid, 625
    SH-18b Whole Lotta HB bridge 440
    SH-18n Whole Lotta HB Neck 382
    Black Winter, HB Neck 744
    Black Winter, HB Bridge 763
    7Str Black Winter, HB Neck 744
    7Str Black Winter, HB Bridge 763
    8Str Black Winter, HB Neck 744
    8Str Black Winter, HB Bridge 763
    6Str Pegasus Brg. 555
    7Str Pegasus Brg, Amt, Soapbar 555
    8Str Pegasus Brg, Amt, Soapbar 555
    7Str Pegasus Brg, Pmt 555
    8Str Pegasus Brg, Pmt 555
    6Str Nazgūl Brg, Amt, Soapbar 666
    7Str Nazgūl Brg, Amt, Soapbar 666
    8Str Nazgūl Brg, Amt, Soapbar 666
    7Str Nazgūl Brg, Pmt 666
    8Str Nazgūl Brg, Pmt 666
    6Str Sentient Neck, Amt, Soapbar 499
    7Str Sentient Neck, Amt, Soapbar 499
    8Str Sentient Neck, Amt, Soapbar 499
    7Str Sentient Neck, Pmt 499
    8Str Sentient Neck, Pmt 499
    Jason Becker - bridge Black 582
    TB-59 '59 Trembucker 593
    TB-4 JB Trembucker 737
    TB-5 Duncan Custom Trembkr 784
    TB-6 Duncan Distortion Trmbkr 792
    TB-8SGb Synyster Gates,&Chr,Brdg 813
    TB-PG1b Pearly Gates Trembkr 543
    TB-APH1B Alnc II Trembucker 499
    TB-10 Full Shred Trembucker 724
    TB-11 Custom Custom Trembkr 574
    TB-12 Screamin' Demon Trembkr 500
    TB-14 Custom 5 Trembkr Black 646
    TB-15 Alternative 8 Trembkr Black 651
    TB-16 59/Custom Hybrid, 625
    Black Winter, TB Bridge 763
    Pegasus Trembucker, Bridge 555
    Nazgul Trembucker, Bridge 666
    Jason Becker - TB bridge Black 582
    APH-1n Alnc II Pro Humbuckr 452
    APH-1b Alnc II Pro Humbuckr 499
    APH-2n Slash Alnc II Pro HB 475
    APH-2b Slash Alnc II Pro HB 524
    LW-CH2n,LiveWire II,Classic,HB 534
    LW-CH2b,LiveWire II,Classic,HB 936
    LW-Must LiveWire Dave Mustaine,n 1080
    LW-Must LiveWire Dave Mustaine,b 1368
    AHB-1n Blackouts, Neck 1283
    AHB-1b Blackouts, Bridge 1598
    AHB-1n Blackouts 7-Strg Phase 1, Nk 1283
    AHB-1b Blackouts 7-Strg Phase 1, Br 1598
    AHB-1n Blackouts 7-Strg Phase 2, Nk 1283
    AHB-1b Blackouts 7-Strg Phase 2, Br 1598
    AHB-2b Blackouts Metal HB 3648
    AHB-1n Blackouts, 8strg, Neck 1283
    AHB-1b Blackouts, 8strg, Bridge 1598
    AHB-3n MickT Blackouts HB Neck Bk 1079
    AHB-3b MickT Blackouts HB Bridge Bk 1419
    AHB-3n Mick T Blackouts 7-Str Ph 1 1079
    AHB-3b Mick T Blackouts 7-Str Ph 1 1419
    AHB-3n Mick T Blackouts 7Str Ph 2 1079
    AHB-3b Mick T Blackouts 7Str Ph 2 1419
    AHB-10n Blackouts Coil Pack Nk 1829
    AHB-10b Blackouts Coil Pack Brg 1870
    AHB-11n Gus G Fire Backout Coil Pack Nk 1725
    AHB-11b Gus G Fire Backout Coil Pack Brg 1784
    SH-1n '59 Model 7-Strg 572
    SH-1b '59 Model 7-Strg 593
    SH-2n Jazz Model 7-Strg 501
    SH-4 JB Model 7-Strg 737
    SH-5 Duncan Custom 7-Strg 784
    SH-10n Full Shred Neck 7-Str 709
    SH-10b Full Shred Brg 7-Str 958
    SH-14 Custom 5 7-Str 646

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  • Lewguitar
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    Originally posted by jeremy View Post
    9.75k is like stupid high for a paf. most were 7.5k to 8.8k and even thats being fairly generous. dont know if ive heard of one being over 9k.

    that aside, its a very cool pup set for sure
    Seth Lover specified 5000 turns of 42 ga. copper on each coil of a 50's PAF and if you do that you get a pickup that reads pretty low. Well under 8K.

    I don't remember the number but it's 7.8k or less.

    It seems to me that Seymour winds his "PAF" pickups so the neck pickup is pretty close to Seth Lover's original specs but the bridge pickup is wound quite a bit hotter.

    The Saturday Night Special set , with a 9.75K bridge pickup is "stupid high" for a PAF. But apparently it sounds great, so there it is.
    Last edited by Lewguitar; 08-06-2020, 06:40 PM.

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  • Gtrjunior
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    Originally posted by jeremy View Post
    dcr and inductance are easily measurable, mv output isnt but it can still be a useful metric, as shown by dimarzio. its only useful for comparing dimarzios to dimarzios but that in and of itself is useful
    Yes, if for no other reason as to have an idea of how hot a pickup is.
    I’d love for Duncan to come up with a way to measure it like Dimarzio.
    Of course, as already discussed, there would need to be a way to establish some sort of baseline and use that as the reference.

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  • Clint 55
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    They're slightly hotter 'PAF's. Basically sound like an overwound Jazz set with A4s to me. The neck isn't overwound enough to change the tone really at all from ur usual vintage neck bucker which has all the high end detail and chime. But the bridge is overwound to the point to where it's starting to get slightly middy.

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  • jeremy
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    dcr and inductance are easily measurable, mv output isnt but it can still be a useful metric, as shown by dimarzio. its only useful for comparing dimarzios to dimarzios but that in and of itself is useful

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