#1
I'm trying to learn more about pickups, and I was wondering if anybody could help me with understanding how DC resistance and inductance affect tone. Also, if I could get some examples that would be great. Thanks!
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#2
I'm not an EE so I'm not going to attempt anything other than to say a 15k pup is hotter than a 7k pup. Here is a good read even though it is not specific to your question:


https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1019006
#3
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/choosing-installing/how_to_pick_a_pickup.pdf

i'm not endorsing duncans, but that's a decent article.
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#5
Here was a recent thread where inductance was discussed and Cathbard provided some links I believe that discussed things further and we were talking about pickups a bit.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1211875&highlight=inductance
#6
and while DCR is often used as an indicator of output, it is usually a bad indicator of output and I didn't really realize this until I got my WCRs that DCR really means very little. What really increases output is the number of turns of wire, but typically the more turns, the more wire, and thus more resistance. So that's how DCR is roughly associated with output. But if you take into account that thinner wire has more resistance, a pickup that is wound with 43 awg to say... 13k ohms, it's not really going to be any hotter than a pickup wound to maybe 8.5k-9k ohms with 42 awg wire because they might have the same number of turns, and this is also what I found tonally with my WCR Fillmores compared to some of my other pickups. However, the fact that it has a higher resistance will mean that it will have less high end, and a darker tone. The 9k range is going to be as high as you're going to get with 42 awg wire.

And that is completely ignoring magnet strength as well.

But if you are comparing 5 different PAF pickups, each with the same magnet (lets say... A5) of the same Gauss, and they're in the range of 7.5k to 9k, the higher the DCR, the hotter the pickup is going to be. If you have a pickup that 8k w/ an A5, it is not really going to have less output than a pickup that is 8.5k w/ an A2. So these things all kind of work together.
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#8
yeah, I mean, I use DCR to suggest output, but it's really a bad system (even though everyone does it)
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