R-7 ...........extremely high output p/u's.....why?

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  1. pedalcr8z

    pedalcr8z Supporting Member

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    Curious why Gibson p/u's are so extremely high in output? I've only owned McCarty's in the past which I guess are on the low output side....I've lived with single coils mainly for 40 years and so my humbucker experience is limited....curious why vendors don't publish measured output of their p/u's......the R-8 I have owned and my current R-7 just seem like an enormous amount of output. I have just added a Bogner Shiva EL-34 based 1x12 combo to my stable and geez, vol on ch 1 at 9 o'clock with MV at 10-11 o'clock and with the R-7 the sheer volume is enormous![​IMG]
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  2. JamesT

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    seth lover worked for gibson and invented the humbucking pickup. one of the rules for the pickup was louder than a fender.
     
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    First plug a stock Tele or Strat into your favorite amp's clean channel - unplug either of them and then plug in a stock Les Paul Standard...
    Louder? I'd say that big Seth succeeded...
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    In my experience, it isn't the pickup that is that much louder. The historics themselves tend to be loud acoustically, and the pickups only amplify that. I have two historics with burstbuckers and they are both very loud guitars---I have three historics without BB's (some with low output Lollars) and they are also very loud. Compared to PRS (which I own), they are just louder in every respect. I just turn my amp down a little more. The specs of the Burstbuckers show they are not typical high output humbuckers---it is coming from the guitar's resonance and overall design.

    Me---I like output and slamming the front end of the amp.
     
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    When you say high output, what is the frame of reference that you're using? '57 Classics and Burstbuckers are medium output pickups.
     
  6. pedalcr8z

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    thanks guys...........the guitar is loud acousticly, guess I never entered that into the equation!
     
  7. m@2

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    i don't know the technical reasons, but I agree the r7's p/u's are quite loud (I just have the stock p/u's, whatever Gibson puts in them). Thats what I like about mine, very different from my tele/esquires. Also, very dynamic when you use pick attack and volume knobs to control the tones.
     
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    I have a 1975 335 with humbuckers. It is not nearly as loud as my R7 and R8, even though it is a louder guitar acoustically. I think part of it is also the midrange wallup that a LP will give you.
     

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