#3
Tape it to the jack on a 1/4 inch cable. Plug the cable into an amp. Tap the pole peices with a screwdriver. If it makes a noise, the pickup works.
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#4
I think he means test it as in check it's tone be sure it's something he/she likes.
#5
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#6
not really, you have to try it in a guitar, and even then it might not sound the same
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#7
no. good luck holding a string with enough tension above it. only thing i can think of would be to hold a guitar above it.
#9
put the pickup on a table and tape it to a 1/4 cable then plug the cable to an amp.
then find a friend and a guitar string. you hold one end of the string and your friend holds the other right over the pickup.
get another friend to pluck the string with a pick.

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but yeah, probably just try to find another guitar with the same pickup and the same body wood as the guitar you want the new pickup in so the tone will be similar.
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#12
cant you just get an ohm meter and check to make sure the appropriate amount of current is flowing through there?
or something like that
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#13
Yes, you can test it with a multimeter. It should show resistance if it is good, it should be in the 1K to 15K ohm range (1000-15000 ohm) Single coil will show less resistance than humbucker, in the 5-6K range.

That won't tell you what it will sound like, only wiring it into a guitar will do that, but it will tell you that it is electronically functional.
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Yes, you can test it with a multimeter. It should show resistance if it is good, it should be in the 1K to 15K ohm range (1000-15000 ohm) Single coil will show less resistance than humbucker, in the 5-6K range.

That won't tell you what it will sound like, only wiring it into a guitar will do that, but it will tell you that it is electronically functional.


Very true. It all depends if you want to test it for tone or if it works. If you can't get any continuity between the leads (singles and humbuckers apply here), hook it up to a 1/4" jack and tap the polepieces with a ballpoint pen. It's a good way to test what pickup is functional if you've just rewired a switch too.
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