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 PGM Pick up question 
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Motorman
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Hey

I have a problem with my PGM I noticed that when I put the pick ups in the single coil and humbucker split together I get a significant drop in volume

I raised the single coil to try balance it but it is way too close to the strings

Anyone have the same problem or is this normal


Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:49 pm
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Normal. PG likes to switch to second position and roll back the volume for a clean sound.

It comes like that.
So no! you're all correct there. It's supposed to be a big gain (thus volume to your ears) drop.

BTW, you can use the PGM forum for pgms tuff :D :D


Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:03 am
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I have 2 pgms and both have tone zones in them and the pick up heights were identical but volume levels were different

Its weird as when I play a clean part I usually knock it to 2nd or 4th position single and hum split and barely hear myself


Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:07 am
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Right right, I'm talking the single coil. the single coil is usually very sunken into the body


Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:42 am
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my single coil was never that sunken into the body but I am wondering whether it could be an issue with the pickup itself

If I rewire it with new pot and 5 switch and new wires would that make a difference?


Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:50 am
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I'm doubting it..

At 2nd 3rd and 4th position, it will be a lot less gain..ier.

The pickup is really low output for a single coil pickup
You have to keep that in mind. It's designed to be clean when used with the 'buckers.

So regardless of if it's even right up to the strings, you would have to buy a new pickup with higher output to get more output.


Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:58 am
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ah right, its weird though my other pgm is set up the same but its just that little difference thats bugging me

Im gonna try lower the hums and raise the single and see if thats to my liking


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You are not meant to use only the single coil on it's own. You are meant to use it in 2nd or 4th position for cleaner more twangy sounds. Just the way it's designed.

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Hmmm, im no expert on PGM's, but surely that single coil should work just the same as any other passive single coil.

It could be the wiring. Check the wiring on the switch, the wire coming form the middle pickup could be screwy.

Thats the thing with the PGM's, the wiring is so simple, its easy to ifnd the problem

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GeorgeLynchTiger wrote:
Hmmm, im no expert on PGM's, but surely that single coil should work just the same as any other passive single coil.

It could be the wiring. Check the wiring on the switch, the wire coming form the middle pickup could be screwy.

Thats the thing with the PGM's, the wiring is so simple, its easy to ifnd the problem


I'll have to check that out when I get home, would be a good idea to de-solder and re-solder the wires?


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An easier way to check the middle pickup is with a multi-meter. You can see what it ohms out at, without any kind of soldering. --Jason

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I resoldered it, it was a dodgy looking connection looked like it was falling off almost


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