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  • Seymour Duncan Pickup Output Experiment

    Several years ago, experiments were done to get mV output values from many pickups available at that time. I don't know if this list will help anyone, as the output numbers never stay constant, but it might be interesting if you are comparing one pickup next to another. Since it was originally posted on this forum by an SD employee, it is at least somewhat official.
    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
    Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan
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