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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / How many of you using Custom Shop 69' PU's

roadhog96

USA / N.East Coast

Dec 2nd, 2017 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

What can I expect from these PU's? I mostly play 60's and a little 70's Rock N Roll and honestly, I don't remember what 69' PU's sound like from back in 69, that was a long time ago. I'm thinking these might get me the right tone for my music. I'd like to wire them up the same as my PU's now to the 5-way switch only add another switch so I can have N-B and N-M-B. I'm not crazy about the middle PU being out of phase and my bridge is extrememly hot and besides, I have a Strat style G&L S500 with this same set up. Any info, ideas or tips would be great, thanks.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Dec 2nd, 2017 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Scooped and bright. Thumpy tight clear bass. Feathery highs. That is the hallmark late 60s sound, and the CS 69s(at least from 15 years ago, did this pretty well.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ What he said. I have one in the neck position of my JV Strat. Great, to my ears, for Hendrix clean to on the edge of breakup type stuff. Not particularly good for more heavily distorted sounds IMHO.

If you get a set of 3, it's worth noting that they all will be speced the same. There is no difference between the N & B pups for instance. I had a full set in a Strat and didn't care for the sounds I was getting out of the bridge. The middle was OK, the neck was great, but that's just me.

roadhog96

USA / N.East Coast

Dec 2nd, 2017 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fender says they are 5.8 ohm each, shouldn't they be very close to this if you test them. How much deviation from 5.8 would be acceptable?

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Dec 2nd, 2017 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...I have a Strat style G&L S500 with this same set up."

Just remember the G&L uses Leo's PTB circuit which is a little different than Fender Strats, thus functions a little differently. The Tone 2 pot uses a "1 meg C" pot (reverse taper) for the PTB.

"How much deviation from 5.8 would be acceptable?"

A majority of the time when "we" measure the DCR of a pickup, it is slightly different than the "factory spec".
One reason is ambient temperature. Pickup readings are taken at an industry standard of 20 degrees Celsius and AFAIK, the figure represents an average at that temperature.

I'm sure others may have different opinions, but IMO even a couple hundred ohms one way or the other is not going to be discernible to the human ear. eg: 100 ohms within 5.8k (5,800 ohms) is only 1.7%, not much really.


Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Dec 2nd, 2017 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Fender says they are 5.8 ohm each, shouldn't they be very close to this if you test them. How much deviation from 5.8 would be acceptable?"

As Mick says, the coefficient of thermal expansion in copper will change the pickup resistance reading. If its at a normal room temp, or the nominal 20 C, just hold it in your hand with it on the meter and watch the number rise.

The other factor is that they may spec 5.8k, but every spool and batch of wire is different. The wire will change throughout the spool itself. My old 69s were 5.5 to 5.6k ish. around 2-2.2 henries. As long as they are in that neighborhood, its fine. 100 ohms is really not much at all to worry about.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

"... industry standard of 20 degrees Celsius..."

stateside=68 degrees F.

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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Dec 5th, 2017 02:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Scooped and bright. Thumpy tight clear bass. Feathery highs."

This pretty well sums 'em up. They are great sounding. Adding the tone control improves them even more IMO.

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Dec 5th, 2017 03:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a MIM standard strat with 69s in it. Seemed very bright at first, but really like the neck and middle now. Looking to put a SSL 5 in the bridge to see what that's all about.

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