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    Default Testing pickup with multimeter?

    I am not great with a multimeter, other than continuity, but how would I test a pickup (outside of a guitar) to tell if it is working? What setting should I use?

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    Default Re: Testing pickup with multimeter?

    Hi mate
    First of all, you won't know for sure if a pickup works by measuring it, you will however know if the coils are intact.
    You have to put your multimeter on the resistance (ohm) setting, max. 20K DC will be the setting you need to meausure your pickups.
    For a Duncan pickup, solder green+bare together, solder red+white together, and then measure (preferably with clips, otherwise make sure the leads and your probes don't touch anything else then eachother) between the black wire and the green+bare to know your series value. Measure between the green+bare and red+white to know your single coil value.

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    Default Re: Testing pickup with multimeter?

    excellent information
    but the bare wire is just the shield wire from the base plate
    and isn't connected to the coils at all

    great info tho
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    Default Re: Testing pickup with multimeter?

    outside a guitar

    get a mono jack
    connect the black to one terminal on the jack
    connect the green to the other terminal of the jack

    twist and secure red/white pair

    insert guitar cable to jack and amp

    tap top of pickup

    should hear something from amp ( my guess would be a loud rapping sound )


    if you plan on doing this a lot

    get two short wires with alligator clips on one end

    solder other end to jack

    use clips to attach pickups for rapping

    you could also then may quick changes to see which coils is active in which configuration

    black and red/white pair
    green and red/white pair

    etc
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