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does anyone have any experience with this issue?

I’ve got 2 Les Pauls, a 1993 studio and a 1997 standard. 

Im pretty sure the bridge pickups are both 498Ts, because the markings are the same (see photos below) and they both measure DC resistance about 13.4k. 

However, the one on the studio looks like it’s ‘more’ wax potted than the standard, because you can see wax on the back. This makes sense because the standard squeals like hell at gig volume. 

But here’s the thing, they sound totally different! The studio is way brighter with not much low end (despite all the wax) and the standard is a much fuller, richer sound. Almost like a 57 classic but with more output and high end. 

How is this possible? Does anyone else have similar experiences?

cheers 😊



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Are the two bridge pickups adjusted the same  pickup and screw heights from the strings?

Also, check and verify that you have the same potentiometer/capacitor values. I am assuming both have the same magnet type and flux values... the cover solder looks untouched.

Other than that,  every guitar of the same model can play and sound differently... wood is not a consistent factor in nature. Standard also has a thicker body that may contribute to tonal differences.

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