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Strings, Pickups, Graphtech vs LR, does the 89F have different pickups than the 59?
by Leftzilla on 2013-04-12 09:54:59

OKay as stated in the header I have a few questions about differences between the JTV59 and the JTV89F which, I am very happy to say as of yesterday I am the owner of both.

First off I would just like to ask if these magnetic pickups are the same in both guitars?  I seem to remember they were different (I was pleasantly surprise to see the 89F coil tapped in position 2 and 4) and I do pick up a difference in sound between the two going through an HD 500 but wanted to verify.

I just want to make sure that the differences I am hearing (or perceiving) is not due to string life,  (new vs old, coated vs non coated), Version, and or Graphtech vs. LR baggs.  Obviously each one of these will have an effect and I am going through my own internal checklist to make sure everything that I can have identical (strings, Version) is so I can make a direct comparison.

So if anybody knows what the 89F ships with for strings it would be appreicated also.  All opinions are welcome and once I get the same straings and verify the version are up to date on the JTV59 I will post A/B comparisons.

Thanks to all in advance for any insight you can give me.  I might even throw some VAX 700 into the mix.

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Re: Strings, Pickups, Graphtech vs LR, does the 89F have different pickups than the 59?
by phil_m on 2013-04-12 11:30:23

Well the specs for the pickups for the 59 say they are "Vintage-voiced alnico", and for the 89 & 89F, it says "Two high-output alnico humbucking pickups". So that to me says they are different. I would expect the 59 pickups to be closer to a Gibson PAF and the pickups and the 89 to be something more like a modern high gain pickup. Also, I think the fact that the pickups in the 89 are higher output is one reason why Line 6 modeled them for the Custom 1 bank in the 89 & 89F.



Re: Strings, Pickups, Graphtech vs LR, does the 89F have different pickups than the 59?
by Leftzilla on 2013-04-13 13:28:47

Great, thanks Phil I seemed to remember the same thing but thanks for verifying.  I think the other differences have to do with string guage and the graphtech piezos.

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