What does higher output mean in terms of tone? Will it affect the tone at all or does it just mean a stronger signal from the pickup? Will it pick up every single little sound I make with my pick? I'm just a bit confused about what manufacturers mean when they describe a type of pickup as "high output."
High output, means almost nothing except a more powerful signal to drive amps harder. Usually when they say high output, they mean meant for metal, but in all honesty, high output pickups can have tight aggressive lows, or loose lows, and anything inbetween. It honestly means nothing but the ability to drive amps harder to me. But it usually also means a more modern tone, and less clean cleans.