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Output level?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by slopeshoulder, May 20, 2011.

  1. slopeshoulder


    Nov 1, 2009
    I have 2 identical basses (same wood, neck, tuners, bridge, builder, and both passive).
    One has a Fralin P, the other has Nordstrand NJ4SV.
    The P is a lot louder than the J.
    Does this sound right, or maybe my pickup height is off? Doesn't seem so.
  2. P pickups are louder than Js. Plain and simple.
  3. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    With pickups, the number of turns of wire is one of the main factors in the output of a pickup.

    A P pickup has two coils, each wound with 10,000 turns of wire, and those are wired in series, so they add to each other.

    A J pickup has one coil wound with between 8,000 to 9,000 turns on average.
  4. slopeshoulder


    Nov 1, 2009
    Thanks guys. That's it. More winds, series, and P is louder.
    Very helpful.
    No more stupid questions this month.

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