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The Pickup Place / Re: Vintage Dimarzio PAF Pickup
« Last post by yankeerob on July 19, 2018, 10:06:20 pm »
I'm a newbie to the forum but was researching PAFs and came across this thread...

In my experience - the original DiMarzio PAFs are quite a bit different to the new ones - they seemed to have more clarity - it's hard to describe but I think it's what people have come to call transparency.

I couldn't tell you why or discuss the materials, aging of magnets and all that jazz... I just know what I've always heard - in the way of a difference. I always just assumed - rightly or wrongly - that it was more likely to do with the volume of sales.

Whatever the reason - I simply just thought I'd offer my two penneth worth... I also had a very early Pre-B Tele bridge pickup that was massively better than a later one... again no idea why... ;D ;D ;D
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The Pickup Place / Re: Modification of mounting tabs
« Last post by DarthPhineas on July 19, 2018, 07:46:28 am »
Another possible option

Check out some parts houses (i.e., Mojotone, etc) to source some new baseplates with the proper pole spacing that have the tabs you want. Then itís just a simple solder job that can be reversible.

Or find other pickups that come with the triangle tabs, like Suhr.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Modification of mounting tabs
« Last post by darkbluemurder on July 19, 2018, 05:37:30 am »
Instead of reaming the holes for direct mounting I recommend modifying the screws. That way you can use the holes for spring mounting if you wish at a later stage.

I hate it when I buy used pickups where the holes were reamed for direct mounting without telling this fact in the ad. It is not a deal breaker per se but I would like to know before buying.

Cheers Stephan
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The Pickup Place / Re: Modification of mounting tabs
« Last post by agt on July 19, 2018, 01:12:14 am »
Thanks for the replies, folks!

marcwormjim's suggestion about using tin snips or fret cutters is exactly what I was looking for.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Modification of mounting tabs
« Last post by Strangeman86 on July 18, 2018, 05:19:10 pm »
Years ago I took a pair of needle nose pliers and simply bent the feet into triangle-ish shapes.  Though I will admit that took some patience and very deliberate effort (I really wouldn't call it option A, but if you're desperate and willing...).
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The Pickup Place / Re: Final advice req. for Strat replacement pickups
« Last post by Whistler on July 18, 2018, 04:42:09 pm »
Ok, after much head spinning Iíve finally grown a pair and ordered the set in the OP. Thanks again for all replies.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Modification of mounting tabs
« Last post by buddroyce on July 18, 2018, 02:57:18 pm »
It's a fairly common DIY job. You don't need a professional to do it for you. Unless of course you're getting someone else to help you wire it. In which case, you can get them to do it for you.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Final advice req. for Strat replacement pickups
« Last post by darkbluemurder on July 18, 2018, 08:20:41 am »
If your guitar is bright acoustically, the set up listed in the OP should work well.

Cheers Stephan
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Gear Closet / Re: Barber Gain Changer SR
« Last post by darkbluemurder on July 18, 2018, 08:15:27 am »
Cool to see some love for Barber's overdrive pedals. I have acquired a bunch of them over the last three years - various variants of the Direct Drive, the Burn Unit EQ, the Smallfry, the Unlimited and the GCX. All great and can be had inexpensively used.

Cheers Stephan
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The Pickup Place / Re: Modification of mounting tabs
« Last post by marcwormjim on July 18, 2018, 07:21:10 am »
Just use tin-snips or fret cutters to trim the corners off, then use a drill bit to ream the screw holes for direct-mounting, if need be. If you have the tools, it can be done with no more effort than clipping toenails. It’s far less of a hassle than swapping baseplates.
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