Installed new pickup - output is low

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  1. RDM

    RDM Senior Member

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    I installed a new pickup and it's output is really low. Changing strings, string height and pickup height didn't help any. How can I use a multi-meter to check the pup to make sure it's OK? My soldering is good, and it's wired correctly. It's a single coil.
     
  2. Zelmo

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    I'd let the experts chime in, but for now, I'd suggest measuring the resistance on a cord plugged into output jack. With the meter, one lead to the barrel of the tip and other lead to the tip of the tip. Be sure to turn the vol knobs all the way up. For a low output single coil, I'd say you'd be looking for at least ~4.8K ohms.

    Hope this helps....
     
  3. Pete Galati

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    You probably ought to tell everyone specifically which pickup
     
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    Zelmo is right, measure the coil with an ohm meter, anywhere in the 5k to 7k would be ok, strats are usually about 6k. It will read a fraction less in circuit but good enough to tell whats going on. What pickup are you comparing it to? How much less output?
     
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    It's a Lace Sensor. Had one installed...and it was fine. No noticable volume difference compared to my 'buckers. When I installed this pup however, the volume drop is drastic, even with the pup raised up all the way.
     
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    Anyone else? When checking the cable while plugged in with the multimeter, what setting do I put the multimeter on?
     
  7. Zelmo

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    You're checking for resistance/continuity, so look for ohms.

    Better yet - why not just call Lace and figure it out that way?
     
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    I'll call them Monday, as they're most likely closed on the weekend.

    I checked my wiring/soldering again....still quiet. Thanks...I'll give the multimeter a whirl.
     
  9. Johnnytone

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    I had the same problem with a Tele bridge pickup. Turns out there was a break in the winding.
     
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    Did Lace give you a new PUP?
     
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    It was a Duncan Broadcaster. I contacted the store and exchanged it.
     

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