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57 Classics - How to tell neck and bridge apart?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by justonwo, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. justonwo

    justonwo Member

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    I have some 57 Classics for sale on eBay that I took out of my 61 SG RI (stock pickups). One buyer asked me the DC resistance, which I hadn't measured on these pickups. They are both 7.7k. Isn't the bridge supposed to be hotter? Do I have two neck pickups?

    Very strange.
     
  2. JLee

    JLee Supporting Member

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    The '57 Classics are all wound to the same DC resistance. You just adjust the heights to achieve the proper balance or get a 57 Classic Plus for the bridge position.
     
  3. CitizenCain

    CitizenCain Member

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    Specific neck/bridge pickups are a relatively recent phenomenon. In the old days there was no such thing, the assembler just grabbed two pickups from the bin and installed them! '57 Classcis are that way.
     
  4. fjs1962

    fjs1962 Silver Supporting Member

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    57 Classics vary wildly in their ohms readings from what I've seen. I've had everything from 7.42 to 8.56. I don't think the guys building the guitars measure them either, as I've had two guitars with 57 Classics where the neck pickup had a higher reading than the bridge :(
     
  5. justonwo

    justonwo Member

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    Simple enough. Thanks.
     
  6. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    Yep, 57' Classics are supposed to be about the same. That's why they came out with a 57' Classic plus. A hotter version for the bridge.
     
  7. Tommy Tourbus

    Tommy Tourbus Senior Member

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    tell the guy asking the question he's more trouble than he's worth :cool:
     

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