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Old 11-12-2005, 15:51   #1
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anyone know anything about guitar pickups?...

i'm getting a new gutiar and its got black pickups and i want chrome, so going to change them, just been looking at some and they have different ohm's levels, this has totally confused me. the guitar has 2 humbucker pickups that i'm changing. what ohm should i be looking for? i play rock if that makes a difference


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i'm getting a new gutiar and its got black pickups and i want chrome, so going to change them, just been looking at some and they have different ohm's levels, this has totally confused me. the guitar has 2 humbucker pickups that i'm changing. what ohm should i be looking for? i play rock if that makes a difference


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?? First time I have ever heard of someone changing the pickups because they were not the right colour ! The usual reason to change is to vary the tone of the guitar.

What your refering to is called impedance and your guitar will be wired around the OEM pickups, changing pickups can sometimes be more difficult than you imagine and can result in a guitar that suddenly has a decreased volume or worse. Its not just a case of finding something that looks about right.

If you really want to go down this route and dont really understand the principles of circuit design, then its probably a good bet that you dont have a soldering iron either. Your far better off giving it to a specialist guitar maker and asking him to sort it all out.
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?? First time I have ever heard of someone changing the pickups because they were not the right colour ! The usual reason to change is to vary the tone of the guitar.

What your refering to is called impedance and your guitar will be wired around the OEM pickups, changing pickups can sometimes be more difficult than you imagine and can result in a guitar that suddenly has a decreased volume or worse. Its not just a case of finding something that looks about right.

If you really want to go down this route and dont really understand the principles of circuit design, then its probably a good bet that you dont have a soldering iron either. Your far better off giving it to a specialist guitar maker and asking him to sort it all out.

i customise my own guitars you see. the design in mind wouldnt look right with black pickups. sounds like i might be better taking it to a shop then (and i do have a soldering iron! )
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i customise my own guitars you see. the design in mind wouldnt look right with black pickups. sounds like i might be better taking it to a shop then (and i do have a soldering iron! )
Well either that or getting a bit of education on the subject if your doing a lot of customising. A mate of mine started like that by building a few small book shelf hifi speakers, he gradually learn more and more by a mixture of experimentation and several good library books and now has a fully fledged company.

Manson guitars do a lot of customising and the Yamaha Pacifica comes in for a lot of treatments, have a lok here

http://www.mansons.co.uk/index.cfm?m...0Guitar%20Mods

No doubt there are loads of small workshops doing this sort of thing.
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this might help

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/tutorial10.htm

seems like a good place to start your new career...................have soldering iron will customise and all that.
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Old 12-12-2005, 09:22   #6
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When you say black, do you mean totally black (like EMGs) or black but you can see the pole pieces? If the latter then it may be simple to buy covers. If EMGs then you'll basically need to change most of the electronics, pickups and pots (well, certainly for active pups, don't know about the passive EMG pups).
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its the same guitar as this one: link

can you get covers for those sort?


edit, different guitar, but same pickups (better pics) link

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