Alnico V pickups specs?

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Alnico V pickups specs?

Unread post by Cuthbert » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:12 pm

Hello everybody,
does anybody know the specs of the Alnico V pickups used on the SG1000 and 2000?

That would be greatly appreciated! (Y)
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Re: Alnico V pickups specs?

Unread post by Buzzard » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:03 pm

Cheers Cuth.

Yamaha don't give a lot of info on the specs, but the Alnico V's are on the hot side.

Yamahas own description:
Alnico V Pickups
Alnico V magnets are used for both the single coil and humbucking pickups to deliver a warm, clear tone that won’t get buried in the mix.
Ring mount rear pickup
The rear pickup is mounted directly on the body.
This configuration captures body resonance, giving a thicker, fuller tone than mounting directly on the pickguard.

Personally when I choose pickups, I never fall in love with the specs, but my ears may love the sound.

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Re: Alnico V pickups specs?

Unread post by Cuthbert » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:07 am

I am asking the specs because the 1000 reissue I tried sounded better than the 3000, with a more open sound and some bite...so I wanted to understand if the PUs are different or not.
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Re: Alnico V pickups specs?

Unread post by Buzzard » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:42 pm

Still no luck finding specs, but here's something about the types found here: http://yamahaguitars.nl/facts-figures/sg-pickup-info/



SG Pickup info



SG Pickup info from the SG Graffiti book (thanks to Youkokuramafan)

This is translated directly from the book. Listed are the main models:

1976 – 1983
SG500 used the least detailed and cheapest pickup, called the G-III
SG700 (and later the SG600 and SG800) all used the same “step-up” pickup from the G-III, called the G-II
Not much more information is given on those pickups…those were Yamaha’s “cheap” pickups.

SG1000, SG1500, SG2000 all used the same Alnico V pickup.
This pickup is the model OPG-I. There are two variances, the OPG-I and the OPG-II. The only differences are the OPG-I has gold pole piece height adjustment screws, while the OPG-II has chrome pole piece height adjustment screws. The OPG-I costed 6,000yen OEM, while the OPG-II costed 5,000yen OEM.

1982 – 1998
In September 1982 the first SG-3000’s were made. This also marked the debut of the Spinex pickup, made from Yamaha’s own custom material.
In 1983 many variances of the SG models were made, most of these also used the new Spinex pickup.
From 1983 – 1998 some SG-1000, SG-1500 and SG-2000 models were also ordered with the Spinex pickup. Some still with the OPG-I.

1998 -present
Production of the Spinex pickup stopped. All models after this went back to the Alnico V pickup.
However the model number of the OPG-I changed to the SGH-1CB, many people refer to this as the “New OPG-I”. The base plate of the “New OPG-I” is no longer made of real brass like the original OPG-I, instead it is made of nickel silver. Also, the year of manufacture and model is no longer stamped on the “New OPG-I”. They are just stamped “SG”
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Re: Alnico V pickups specs?

Unread post by Cuthbert » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:31 pm

Thank you however, it appears they say the new reissues have the same pickups, except that it's not true IMO, I assume I will decide if to buy a set of Alnico Vs as spare parts.
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