Question about 1987 Peavey Falcon pickups

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Camaro Guy
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Question about 1987 Peavey Falcon pickups

Post by Camaro Guy » Tue Nov 14, 2023 4:46 pm

I recently picked up an 87 Falcon and have been loving it. The tuners have been changed and the original Kahler bridge has been replaced by a regular strat-style Wilkinson bridge, so it has definitely been modded at some point(s) in its life. My question is about the pickups. The Peavey manual says that they are high-gain single-coils and the seller said that he was told that the pickups are original.

I've opened it up, and the pickups currently in the guitar are either Alnico 2's or 5's (definitely not ceramic), but they are the lowest-output strat pickups of any strat I've come ever across, including my bone stock Fender MIM strat and Peavey Predator. I've adjusted the pickup heights, but they are simply low output single coils.

I'd like to have a way to verify that pickups in the guitar are or are not original. Unfortunately, I haven't found resistance values listed for the stock pickups online. I know it's a long shot, but does anyone have a set laying around that they could run a quick ohm meter check on?

Miles Stone
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Re: Question about 1987 Peavey Falcon pickups

Post by Miles Stone » Sun Nov 19, 2023 9:43 pm

I have 3 stock Falcons from the 86-87 era (Kahler trem) they all sound strong.
I don't have any apart right now so I cant get an ohm readying for you.
My guess would be aprox 8k.
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