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Old March 1st, 2009, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Power to the pickup - measurement

Can you measure a pickup as to power, such as measuring Ohms.

I've got an Ohm meter, should it register a reading?



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Old March 1st, 2009, 12:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure how it would read but I suspect that the OUTPUT power of a pickup would be measured in millivolts. It would probably best be done using an oscilliscope with a memory function.
I'm sure someone will jump in here and tell how it could be done properly in the real world.
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Just put an ohm meter on the 2 leads.
Should read somewhere from about 7-14 ohms, depending on the pickup.
If it's in the guitar, you can plug in a short cable, turn the volume and tone up and touch the 2 parts of the plug. It's not exact, but it's close.
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Just put an ohm meter on the 2 leads.
Should read somewhere from about 7-14 ohms, depending on the pickup.
If it's in the guitar, you can plug in a short cable, turn the volume and tone up and touch the 2 parts of the plug. It's not exact, but it's close.
so in other words, If I'm getting no ohms from one lead to another, the pickup is dead.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 03:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I guess I'm not understanding what you are trying to measure. I was a bit confused because there is no power going TO the pickup.

Are you just trying to see if the pickup is good? Then yes, just putting an ohm meter on the leads will tell you that.
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