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Simple pickup question...pls help!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by soaf, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. soaf


    Jul 27, 2013
    I have a pickup outputting about 20% of it's volume but it reads 0.0 ohms. Does this make sense? Thx
  2. You didn't ask any question. Does what make sense?

    What you have described is typically consistent with a shorted coil.
  3. soaf


    Jul 27, 2013
    Thanks for your reply. Does a shorted coil mean the pickup is toast and needs to be rewound?
  4. Typically, yes.

    Did you check to see if something was causing the short, such as a wire touching against the shielding?
  5. soaf


    Jul 27, 2013
    Will work away at it tomorrow. It's stuck in the cavity pretty good (37 yrs). I read also the symptoms sound like the magnets may need a recharge.
  6. If you haven't already, disconnect the pickup from the surrounding circuitry, then measure its resistance. Even if the coil were partially shorted, it is unlikely it should read 0 ohms. Zero ohms is a dead short like measuring the resistance across a spoon. With some luck you may discover the short is caused by something in the vicinity of the pickup. Maybe the source of your short could be something gone wrong (something crushed?) in the associated circuitry. And just to convince yourself, try measuring the resistance of another known good pickup, to assure your test equipment is accurate.
    ddnidd1 likes this.
  7. Definitely take it out of the circuit to do your measurement.

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