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Offline bluediamond

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Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« on: October 22, 2018, 11:42:56 pm »
For anybody who have tried the frankenstein humbucker from EVH, how does it compare to dimarzio PAF models? Output and tone-wise

Bonus question: what single coil mid+neck would balance well with the frankensten bucker? I currently have fender CS54, and they sound a bit too bright and thereís drop in output when switching to the mid or neck position.
I mostly play the neck and neck+mid position

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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2018, 05:40:05 pm »
I'd say the PAF models are in the same tonal range as the Frankenstein humbucker. Been a while since I had the EVH Frankenstein but I do remember it being very woody sounding. Last guitar I had with the Frankenstein, it was paired up with a SD Cool Rails which I then replaced with a Cruiser which I thought was a great pairing.

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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2018, 06:28:31 pm »
Really nothing thatís dead on.

Models like the AT1 and the 36th Bridge can be some starting points. If you can find a Virtual PAF and Virtual Hot PAF, those would also be contenders.
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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2018, 09:59:22 pm »
Norton gets my vote. Easy harmonics. Itís like a hot rodded PAF
My first aftermarket pickup was a Super Distortion back in the 70's.  I strayed and tried Rio Grandes, Duncans, and EMGs only to come back to Dimarzio.  Funny were life takes you.

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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2018, 02:32:47 pm »
According to demos on thomann.de this is Evo2. Just with less harsh highs, more tight lows and focused mids.
Norton has less output and it is darker.

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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2018, 09:50:32 pm »
The frankenstein pickup is basically a Duncan custom custom. A 14k pickup with an A2. A PAF is nothing like it in my opinion.

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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2018, 04:10:09 pm »
The frankenstein pickup is basically a Duncan custom custom. A 14k pickup with an A2. A PAF is nothing like it in my opinion.
Correct! Pariah Pickups makes a model called the Pasadena Black that is supposed to be like that.  I have heard good things, but I have no experience with them.  Planning on getting a set for a parts guitar i am planning on after tax return.

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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2018, 11:48:27 am »
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The frankenstein pickup is basically a Duncan custom custom. A 14k pickup with an A2.

Not really.   

Way more to a pup than DCR and magnet type.


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A PAF is nothing like it in my opinion.

Depends.
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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2018, 04:49:32 pm »
There can be, but its not likely in this case IMO..  Just listen to Fair Warning. That is a CC. I have played one for almost 20 years. I know that sound hands down. By all accounts Duncan did all of the EVH's rewinds.   

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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2018, 10:34:32 pm »
I don’t know that anyone’s cared to go in and tap off the series connection for readings of each coil, but the closest to an official description I recall reading was that the Frankenstein is an OEM Custom-Custom with “unbalanced” coils.

Being as I’ve never been a brown sound-chaser/theorist, I’m given to assume the least: That Duncan went the typical OEM route of tweaking one of their off-the-shelfs just enough to claim the recipe as exclusive to the contract.

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Re: Evh frankenstein humbucker - dimarzio equivalent?
« Reply #10 on: Today at 08:10:34 pm »
MJ was just telling me about stuff for Eddie the other night. Now I read this. Who knew she was so wrong about what sheís been doing all these decades. lol!
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