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BurstBucker bridge pickup Reading 4 ohms (no coil split)

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Hello everybody, I would really appreciate if someone could please help me.

I have purchased a Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012 faded brown right before the pandemic broke out and never got a chance to play until recently.

I have been playing for around a month and tinkering around trying to get a good tone from the bridge unsuccessfully, so I decided to check the resistance of the pickups

The Neck reads around 7.6 ohms, but the bridge reads around 4 ohms, half of what it should .

Since my studio don´t have coil splitting, something is wrong.

I took out the pickups and they seem original, they match the images that I´ve seem on the forum, but the wiring caught my attention.

They are solderless, but the neck and bridge differ in wiring.

As you can see in the pics, in the neck pickup I got

- both black wires together

-green and with together

-red alone

While in the bridge I got:

-black and red

- white alone

-green and black

 Is the bridge wiring correct or could It be responsible for the lower resistance (and weird tone) I´m getting?

If it´s not a wiring problem, what could be the issue?

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Test the pickup resistance and the guitar's potentiometers more in-depth: https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/latest-updates/how-to-test-guitar-pickups-with-a-multimeter. Make sure the circuit is correctly reassembled and that the pickups are indeed original and undamaged.

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Have you tried plugging the neck connector into the bridge socket and vice versa?

That will tell you if it is the pickup, and I think you might be onto something with the different wiring.   It would be worth trying to gently disassemble the connector and swap the wires - you could always swap them back.

Good luck!

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