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Offline Guitar74

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HS-3
« on: June 01, 2019, 06:39:12 pm »
I see nobody has written a review on this one. Is it possibly because there are so many newer stacked singles in the line that have more output? Maybe.

This is my experience with it. The output is VERY low. The tone is absolutely gorgeous. especially in the neck position. They are just a tad warmer, but still have a pretty nice single coil tone along with being dead quiet. Just don't expect screaming output. You will have to adjust them closer than your standard single coils, or adjust gain/volume accordingly. Or use a boost pedal, overdrive like Mr. Malmsteen, or simply adjust your distortion settings a little higher. I actually used to use this pickup with traditional style humbuckers with good results. The big trick was to not go too high output with your bridge humbuckers, adjust the hs higher, and badda boom badda bing.

It is a VERY good pickup, just a little misunderstood because of its main user. Yes he flat out screamed, but his pickups were a little weak, boosted by the od250, and into a CRANKED 50 watt Marshall.

The only thing that confused me was the super high D.C. resistance, but low output. Most pickups with a dc resistance in the 20+ range are LOUD. Anyhow, maybe someone who is more well versed in pickup winding will chime in on that one.

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Re: HS-3
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2019, 12:05:30 am »
Historically, those that know the least are the most likely to chime in.

Resistance isnít output. Bear in mind that youíre only hearing one of the two coils.

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Re: HS-3
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2019, 06:41:15 pm »
This makes sense. This isnít the first time that it has been explained to me that dc resistance doesnít mean output. And your point is more than proven with this pickup in particular.  Whatís funny is the misinformation provided, in large part, by manufacturers. One in particular states that dc resistance is a better measure than millivolts of a pickups output.

I am no expert on the subject, but it can be a little confusing when going from one manufacturer to another and getting so much conflicting info. Itís like asking a drag racer for the camshaft specs they are running. Youíll either get no answer at all, or a bs spec as a polite way of telling you to not ask.

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Re: HS-3
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2019, 03:45:21 am »
@Guitar74: your description of the HS-3 is spot on. Great pickup for overdriven leads as the guitarist you mentioned superbly demonstrated. Not necessarily the best pickup if you want sparkly clean tones (the HS-1 or HS-2 would do that better than the HS-3) or if you need high output.

There also was a tele bridge version of this pickup, the HS-3T.

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