Telecaster neck pickups that are "hotter" than the bridge

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  1. james...

    james... Member

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    I've always noticed a lot of tele sets will have a neck pickup that's wound hotter than the bridge? Why is this? Historical accuracy? Volumes reasons?
     
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    The neck isn't hotter than the bridge, at least not ime. Higher DC resistance, sure, but that doesn't mean it's a higher output pickup.
    Something to consider is that a lot of the old Teles used 43 gauge wire for the neck and 42 gauge for the bridge, so a higher DCR for the neck is pretty common with vintage style pickups...but again, that doesn't mean the pickup is actually hotter, just that it has a higher resistance.
     
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  3. Silver Hand

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    Resistance != output

    The inductance is a much more accurate (but still not 100%) indicator of pickup output.
     
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    ^^This^^
    Unless it's a humbucker or something along those lines, the neck pickups are usually not hotter.
     
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  5. Flogger59

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    Typically, when you'd switch from the bridge pu to the neck pu on a Tele, you'd disappear.
     

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