Mustang pickups - difference between “little” and “normal”

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by SteveC, Aug 1, 2019.


  1. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    So I’m playing a 74 Mustang all stock. What’s the difference between these “little” pickups and the “normal” pickups on newer versions?
     
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  2. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico

    Mar 17, 2004
    Do you mean
    MustBaSESFG.jpg VS upload_2019-8-1_20-46-58.png ?

    AFAIK, the big pickups are your ol' P pickups, and the small ones are original Mustang pickups. So what's the difference?

    Here are Novak versions of both pickups, under the hood:
    upload_2019-8-1_20-34-43.png VS upload_2019-8-1_20-35-9.png

    You can see that the P pickup has two magnets per string, while Mustang has one (long) magnet per string. P pickups are short and wide, while Mustang pickups are tall and narrow. So Mustang is maybe more like a 51P/SCPB pickup, but split and offset.

    Soundwise, I don't know what the difference is, I haven't played the new Mustangs. They probably sound more similar than different (in the same Mustang bass), but in theory the Mustang pickup should be more "hi fi" sounding due to more efficient tall and narrow design, but the P might have more mids and "girth" to the sound.
     
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  3. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    The “Duncan Designed” pickup in my old JMJ Mustang was hot enough to sound pretty much just like a normal Precision pickup. I owned an older Mustang back in the day for a couple of months (definitely a 70’s model but unsure of the year) and it had good output but it certainly had a different character overall.
     
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