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57 Classics - How to tell neck and bridge apart?

justonwo

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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.
 

JLee

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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.
 

CitizenCain

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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.
 

fjs1962

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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 :(
 

paintguy

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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.
 




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