Gibson Relative Pickup Output Chart

Discussion in 'Pickups' started by shal1234, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. shal1234

    shal1234 Senior Member

    Messages:
    460
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 23, 2017
  2. kevinT

    kevinT Premium Member

    Messages:
    744
    Likes Received:
    82
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2007
    Even though this chart is better than having nothing at all to reference, I wish that it had hard numbers that you could refer to. Gibson has a nice marketing sheet/line card (which includes the chart above) describing their pickups but it doesn't have specific numbers.... like Seymour Duncan's Tone Chart or even DiMarzio's chart. I've searched high and low and can find anything on their website pertaining to the specific output levels...
     
  3. SKATTERBRANE

    SKATTERBRANE Guest

    Maybe it is becaue I have owned 57 Classics that have had more output than 57 Classic plus. I have had BB1s with more output than BB2s etc. Gibson pickups are wildly inconsistant.
     
  4. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

    Messages:
    33,109
    Likes Received:
    64,696
    Joined:
    May 31, 2007
    Especially the 57 Classics!!!
     
  5. Belzeebub

    Belzeebub V.I.P. Member

    Messages:
    2,721
    Likes Received:
    56
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2008
    Perhaps its because (and especially in the case of the 57 Classics/Plus), Gibson tries to make the pups much to the specs of the original ones which I would think were pretty inconsistent as well due to the lack of precision of the machines used in the day to maNufacture pups. IDK - just a thought.
     
  6. 5F6-A

    5F6-A Senior Member

    Messages:
    9,275
    Likes Received:
    1,873
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    ermmmm... are you serious? you are not, are you?
     
  7. patrick ginnaty

    patrick ginnaty Senior Member

    Messages:
    916
    Likes Received:
    110
    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    What about Shaws?
     
  8. noslen1968

    noslen1968 Senior Member

    Messages:
    430
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    What I think would be most telling is a chart depicting output by frequency - say you give a pickup a consistent, linear input of frequencies and see how the output varies. That way you could see where the pickups deliver more of a spike/dip (or spikes/dips) in specific frequencies compared to each other. Has anyone seen anything like that?
     
  9. SonicBoom

    SonicBoom Senior Member

    Messages:
    458
    Likes Received:
    75
    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Dimarzio was the only company that I've ever seen do that, but that was back in the '80s. They used to put it with their pickup descriptions in their catalog. Don't know if they still do it. Have never seen anything like that from Gibson - ever.
     
  10. woodsofpenn

    woodsofpenn Senior Member

    Messages:
    320
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2010
    Found this thread in a search.
    Not sure if this chart was posted in another thread, but it has more info.
    Unfortunately, it's lacking a lot of models.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Lukejolyon

    Lukejolyon Member

    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    20
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2010
    I totally agree - really difficult to find actual output numbers to go with that familiar (but rather imprecise) Gibson output chart. The Epiphone one is great but, as you say, missing key pickups.

    Does anyone else out there know how to get the actual output levels in figures of individual Gibson pickups?
     
  12. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Member

    Messages:
    252
    Likes Received:
    25
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2010
    I made an attempt to come up with a list of actual measurements, but felt it wasn't met with much enthusiasm, so I buried it in the MLP dungeons to rot and die...
     
  13. Lukejolyon

    Lukejolyon Member

    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    20
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2010
    On the contrary, Rich, I for one woudl receive it very enthusiastically indeed!
     
  14. NHTom

    NHTom Senior Member

    Messages:
    598
    Likes Received:
    626
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2014
    Does anyone know where the HB3 falls on the chart?

    NHTom
     

Share This Page