What is your favorite bridge humbucker DC resistance?

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  1. goddot

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    Don't have one...

    Too many other variables to consider. I never judge a pickup solely by DC resistance.
     
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    Ok so how about stating what your favorite bridge humbucker is and as an incidental side note, tell me what the dc resistance is?
     
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    Usually about 8K (in a PAF style pickup) for me, but as said already lots of other variables involved. Balanced sound, enough power without losing clarity and chime.
     
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    Exactly 12.586k ohms.
     
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    Appreciate the serious reply...

    Ive always used PAF specs myself 8.3 in all my guitars because I do not like to distort the preamp and let the amp provide my distortion/overdrive.
     
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    8.3k is measure of resistance, not output. Basically tells you how much treble the pup will pass.
     
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    From Lollar's website: "DC resistance (kΩ) is a handy but rough measure of a pickup’s output. It is most useful for making general comparisons, but not taken much beyond that."


    and from Seymour Duncan:

    d.c. resistance
    and resonant peak​
    The gauge of wire and the number
    of turns on the coil each play a part
    in defining the d.c. resistance. D. C.
    resistance is resistance to the flow of
    direct current. Generally, the more turns
    of wire, the higher the D.C. resistance,
    the higher the output and the lower the
    treble response. For single coils, the d.c.
    resistance generally ranges from around
    6.5k for a vintage tone, to 15k for a high
    output tone. For humbuckers, the range
    is around 7.5k to around 16.5k. Though it
    may seem that this is the clear-cut way
    to determine what kind of pickup is best
    for you, remember this is only one of
    several variables that aid in determining​
    the tone or voice of a pickup
     
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    Right, I know and understand this. However, using resistance # for different pup makers is not a good way to compare output. You can have a 8k Lollar and it will have a lot more output than say a 15k single coil pup. Or even a 9k Duncan humbucker. I can see comparing exactly the same pup models only with this method (ie Imperial low/reg/high wind).
     
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    I wasn't asking to compare a humbucker to a single coil....generally speaking a 9k Seymour humbucker and a 9k Lollar humbucker will produce roughly the same output. At any rate... do you have a favorite humbucker? care to share the dc resistance?
     
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    All Im saying is k is not a measure of output. Just like a 500k vol pot does make 2x the "output" as a 250k pot. Its the treble.

    That said most PAF styles will have 8-9k readings. My current fav is the PRS DGT bridge, nice and fat but still very clear and articulate. I got several of them and they read between ~8.7 to 9.0.
     
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    I'm completely DC resistant. That's why I stick with Marvel.
     
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    Or.. factor this variable into the query... at what room temperature? Yep.. it's will vary with the overall temperature of the coil...

    As Bill Lawrence said... DC resistance in a circuit that never sees any Direct Current (DC).. is about as useful as noting the color of the sox the guitarist is wearing.

    It's about as accurate a way of determining the potential output of a pickup as asking how do ya get to New York and just pointing North.. and saying Thatta way... which really isn't helpful if you're in Montreal. :D

    Ron Kirn
     
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    yep, what he said.
     
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    Wilde L-90, 6 Henry inductance. Moderately hot with zero mud. Bargain pricing scares away cork sniffers. Their loss....
     
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    I'm really liking a couple of offerings by GFS. Right now I have a set of their Gold Foil humbuckers in my MIC Gretsch. Great pups for less than $80. 5.4K neck, 6.0K bridge. :)
     
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    I prefer low wound neck pickups with either A2 or A3 mags, and bridge pickups to be about 8-8.5 with either A4 or A5 mags.

    The variables come in as the pickup will tend to sound different in the same model guitar, but different examples of that guitar model.
     
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    I agree... I like the seymour alnico pro II in the neck to maintain clarity with no mud!
     

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