Shadowofravenwo
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#1
Hello all,

I have a Washburn MG-44 with stock pickups, and can't find this information anywhere. I even emailed Washburn, and received no reply. How can I figure out if the stock pickups are low or med output passives in the HUmbuckers? Thanks.
Dave_Mc
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#2
you should be able to tell with your ears/fingers if you're used to other pickups.

you can check their (rough) output with a multimeter, but that'll only tell you so much (google how to do that, i've never actually bothered to do that before).
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I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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Roc8995
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#3
Washburn seems to use mid-high output ceramics in most of their stuff.

You can always just hook up to a multimeter and measure, or use your ears. If you don't know what a medium-output pickup sounds like, what good does it do to know that you've got one?
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#4
^ i guess if you're swapping them it'd give you some idea. if your current pickup is too hot (or not hot enough), knowing roughly how hot it is might help a little in deciding what to go for as a replacement.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

Shadowofravenwo
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#5
Quote by Roc8995
Washburn seems to use mid-high output ceramics in most of their stuff.

You can always just hook up to a multimeter and measure, or use your ears. If you don't know what a medium-output pickup sounds like, what good does it do to know that you've got one?


Wouldn't that be part of the education process?

Dave_MC

Exactly. I'm trying to figure out incase I want to swap them. If I don't like that they are higher output, then wouldn't knowing that make sense?
Dave_Mc
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#6
yeah it couldn't hurt

don't go too hard on colin though, he's super-helpful 99.9% of the time (and what he posted in here was good info, too, just he probably didn't realise exactly what you were asking).
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

Dave_Mc
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#8
no worries
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

thebestjoe
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#9
I think they're medium or medium-high. When I swapped the p-ups in my MG-44 for Duncan SH-6's, I noticed a huge difference in out-put.
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Shadowofravenwo
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Quote by thebestjoe
I think they're medium or medium-high. When I swapped the p-ups in my MG-44 for Duncan SH-6's, I noticed a huge difference in out-put.

Which are lower or higher?
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#11
Quote by Shadowofravenwo
Which are lower or higher?


The SH-6's were a lot higher than stock.
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Quote by thebestjoe
The SH-6's were a lot higher than stock.


Nice> If you don't mind me asking what is that advantage for you in choosing hot pickups?
Dave_Mc
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#13
normally either more distortion and/or better tones when using heavy distortion
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

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#14
Quote by Shadowofravenwo
Nice> If you don't mind me asking what is that advantage for you in choosing hot pickups?


More distortion and more shape in the distortion. But some pickups can get VERY hot (like the SD Invader and X2N).
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Quote by Shadowofravenwo
Nice> If you don't mind me asking what is that advantage for you in choosing hot pickups?


Long story short, I had the Sh-6's laying around when the stock bridge went bad in it, so I didn't so much choose them. However, as that guitar is my go-to one for hair metal, so as stated right above, it helped to shape distortion better.
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