whalehazard Posted June 5, 2010 Report Share Posted June 5, 2010 (edited) My first build is mostly complete, and I'm keeping it simple. Two humbuckers, 3-way switch, 1 volume, 1 tone. I just wired it up and put strings on. Everything works great, and the Duncan '59 in the bridge sounds amazing. The neck humbucker is another issue. I picked it up cheap at a local store a while ago. It's got a Duncan Custom Shop label on it, and "SH5 w/AL V" is written on the box. It is supposedly brand new. The DC resistance is 6.97k. So, my thought was that this was an underwound version of the SH-5, and because it appears to not be as hot as the '59, I thought it would fit nicely in the neck spot. However, I'm getting way less volume out of it than the '59, even after triple checking my wiring. It also sounds really tinny and thin, especially on a clean channel, and with the tone knob all the way down, drops even more significantly in volume. Is there any chance the color coding of the wires is weird because it's custom wound, and if so, how do I figure that out? Am I doing something wrong? Any help or ideas would be appreciated. I'm new to pickups, but I know how to solder, I've built amps and pedals before. Should I just buy another '59 for the neck and use this for something else? Help! Edited June 5, 2010 by whalehazard Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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