I decided to do some multimeter testing on pickups so I could get an idea on the output power. Hopefully this will help in future decisions, I plan to swap out some pups on an RG370/DXGP4 with INF3, INFS3, and INF4 Ibanez stock pickups to the DiMarzio/IBZ pickups from a Prestige RG2550z that now has a pair of EMG 81/60s in it.
I also tested some pickups on a couple of other guitars to get an idea of their output power. DiMarzio Super3, DiMarzio H3 in my Fender Talon V. and a set of DiMarzio D Activators in my Premium RG870z.
Here’s the specs of the test.
they are numbered in switch position 1 thru 5 respectively 1 being bridge position, 5 being neck position, etc…
these are in 20k ohms, except I had to switch to 200k for the Super 3 lol..
RG370DXGP4 Stock INF3, INFS3, INF4:
1. 15.89 Ohms
2. 3.47 Ohms
3. 6.01 Ohms
4. 3.00 Ohms
5. 11.82 Ohms
– I am very surprised at this reading for stock Ibanez pickups.
Fender Talon 5 Stock Bridge DiMarzio Super 3, Stock Middle Single, and Neck DiMarzio H3:
– This my highest output guitar, and best sounding.
Prestige Ibanez 2550z EMG 81/60
– Note: only 2 pickups in a 3-way selector, my second best sounding guitar.
And now most disappointed test is the RG870z with DiMarzio D Activators and Stock S:
– I would have thought this would higher output then super 3 / H3 but it’s only half,
I guess these are wound with large gauge wire, or just not very much winding took place.
However this is my 3rd best sounding guitar. I’m really surprised that the INF pickups have better DC resistance then the D Activators.
My next test “IF” I decide to swap the INF Pups for the DiMarzio/IBZ pickups will be to test the DC Resistance of the DiMarzio/IBZ.
So I tested the DiMarzio/IBZ Pickups”
– looks like these are wound better then the D Activators ?? IDK.
they sounded a little to bright in the RG870z when I had them in there.
With respect to the other readings the DiMarzio/IBZ pups were tested “NOT” installed in a guitar, where the others were installed in a guitar.
Well, at least we have some DC resistance values of popular pickups as reference.
I read somewhere this only tells us the winding of copper wire coils on the bobbins inside.