Pickup power

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  1. Alexb1090

    Alexb1090 Member

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    ive just bought an Sg standard 61 2019, with the 61 burstbuckers which are alnico v. I had some antiquities in my last guitar which are alnico II, but the Antiquities in my les Paul were audibly more powerful. Any ideas why?
     
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    Have you set them to the same height?
     
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    I’ve got these set closer to the strings than I did on the LP
     
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    Degaussed A5 can be lower output than fully charged A2, but aren't the antiquities degaussed A2 as well?
    Also A5 isn't a big enough qualifier for output. Unoriented, short, foundry composition, etc. Then the wind plays a big part.
    What do the 61 BB's meter at DC wise?
     
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    Also, when the pickups are too close to the strings, the magnets
    can choke your tone. Lowering them might help, depending on
    how close they actually are.

    Also, one guitar often doesn't sound like another. When you think
    about it, there's no reason that it should
    . That's why we buy them,
    because they sound different from what we already have.

    I recommend that you work out amp settings for your new guitar
    based on what it can do, rather than comparing it to some other
    guitar which it will never be. *shrugs

    When I want to play different guitars through the same amp rig,
    many times I'll use an EQ pedal in the signal chain. Pick up one of
    the instruments, and stomp the pedal. Pick up the other one, and
    disengage the pedal. This gives complete control over small differences
    in tone or output. Or enough control for what I do anyway.
     
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    Dale Well-Known Member

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    It is not just about magnets either. Though distance is relative to magnet pull so the same distance may not be functionally the same distance. It is also about number of winds, type of wire and spacers. There are probably other things like material in covers, if there are covers, etc.
     
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    Les Pauls can be loud guitars. Mine sure is.

    And one of my SGs is louder and deeper than the other.
     
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