You know how expert offerings abound across message boards and youtube videos and pickup manufacturers' marketing copy, telling us how little DC resistance tells us? You know how anyone who's sought to learn how to produce (or reproduce) a tone that they desire, has learned that the following elements (including but not limited to) are important to know when purchasing a pickup?? : (in no order of importance..) Bobbin Height Wire gauge Magnet Composition (Alnico II, III, IV, V, etc) Magnet strength (Gauss reading) DC Resistance (yes, it does matter, when knowing the other factors) Cover Material (Nickel, Brass, etc) Winding Information (scattered, not scattered, machine and/or hand wound, etc) Wire material (Formvar, Poly, Plain Enamel, etc) Inductance measurement So - i'm wondering - if we need to know all of these things to determine whether or not we're going to get what we desire, why don't more pickup manufacturers provide this information as standard practice? Are they just protecting their own trade secrets? Is it assumed that most people aren't interested in understanding how these bits affect overall tone? Do players simply want to hear someone say "it's bright" or "it's dark" or "it's high output" or it's "low output". Historically those adjectives don't cut it for giving me enough information to go on before dropping the money on a set of pickups. Anyone else feel the same? Some provide some of these details.. some provide all of it.. some provide little or none of it. The one that entertains me the most is - "this is a pickup made to sound like the teles from the 60s.. but we don't tell you d.c. resistance, because that really doesn't tell you anything". Why do we keep buying things when we really don't have enough information to know whether it's what we want or not? Use your ears you say? After how many purchases and how many dollars spent? If you're like me and wish manufacturers - big names and small boutiques alike - would provide this information, what should (and could, realistically) be the standard set of specs we'd all want to know? Do you hate that idea? love it? Thoughts and discussions welcome.