After I restrung it and cleaned it up yesterday, it was apparent that they weren't McCartys. The SC 245s have less mids, more highs, and a touch more output. I suspected they might be A2s or A5s based on that. Also the spacing on the bridge's pole pieces aren't any different from the neck's, probably going for that exact spacing tone from a certain time period.I have a 2007 sc245 with 245s. They are “overwound paf” with alnico 5.
To you really need a pickup to be louder today because there's not enough distortion on a high gain amp like a Mesa? Do you really need a pickup to be on 10 at all times? For me, at least, the answer to both of these questions is "no". Literally, just put the volume on 9 for a "PAF"ier output. Also, some of those PAFs WERE overwound. Gibson employees didn't have set amounts of turns for them, they just turned on the machines, went to lunch, came back, and whatever was there was good enough.Too hot for vintage sound, weak for high gain.