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The Pickup Place / An Injector Bridge model for an Yngwie tone?
« Last post by 357mag on Today at 08:29:47 pm »
I'm using some presets on my POD HD Pro X which pretty much give me the Yngwie tone. I have tried the Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2 but what I noticed about that pickup is it sounds like sandpaper. It has kind of a raspy, abrasive tone which leaves me scratching my head.

I was thinking of trying the Injector Bridge. Never owned one of those.

Do you think that would keep me in the ballpark for Yngwie tones? I don't want to sound like Paul Gilbert.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Which neck pickup should I go for now?
« Last post by 123RnR on Today at 07:21:06 pm »
I would suggest the Humbucker from Hell, but you said you want more output. I would suggest the PAF Joe, but I don't think it meshes well with the Super D. I would suggest a PAF Pro, but you said you do not want boomy bass, and the PAF Pro can have boomy and slightly muddy bass. You say you want more output and smoothness. The obvious choice to ME would be a Super 2 in the neck.

Thank you for the suggestions! It has definitely been a long neck pickup journey. About the PAF Pro, how boomy it is? I know 6.5 (like the Transition) is overkill, and the 4.5 bass of the PAF Master is too low for this guitar. 5.5 is the # in between. The PAF Pro is 5, the PAF36 (5.5), but those are just numbers. The real test comes from testing the pickup itself.

How will the Super 2 cleans be? I imagine a rocking machine.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Alnico 3 Magnet Fred or Breed Neck
« Last post by corypheus on Today at 04:26:29 pm »
A3 is, to my ears, the weakest in output of the magnets I ever tried. It makes any pickup sound very vintage, and adds a sweet treble on top. A3 is probably the best magnet for clean humbucker playing specifically, if you're after great balanced vintage tones with a sparkling treble on top.

So if you want to tame some boomyness, don't mind some treble on top, yeah, for sure give it a try. The one thing you will lose, however, is a portion of the A5 output, A3 is definitely much weaker magnet. You will also get a bit less squash/compression and the pickup will tend to exhibit the difference between louder and quieter picking more.

HTH
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The Pickup Place / Alnico 3 Magnet Fred or Breed Neck
« Last post by RG1XXV on Today at 11:53:00 am »
I was considering installing a Fred in the neck of my Ibanez RG with Edge Trem but swapping the A5 magnet for an A3 just to help lower the output a little for the neck position and potentially sweeten up any potential boomyness... What do you guys think ?  I have an A3 magnet and I'd love to use it wisely (& I believe it belongs in a neck pickup as it is Low output and Sweet).

I still want to keep the sweet 'awwwww' Mid-spike  and harmonics however so I hope it won't remove the singing characteristic of FRED...

On the other hand I also have a Breed Neck that I could install the A3 mag in to help tame boomyness and sheer output.

OR should I just ditch the A3 mag idea and just perform the half air mod instead ??
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The Pickup Place / Re: Which neck pickup should I go for now?
« Last post by greenlion on Today at 11:09:19 am »
I would suggest the Humbucker from Hell, but you said you want more output. I would suggest the PAF Joe, but I don't think it meshes well with the Super D. I would suggest a PAF Pro, but you said you do not want boomy bass, and the PAF Pro can have boomy and slightly muddy bass. You say you want more output and smoothness. The obvious choice to ME would be a Super 2 in the neck.
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Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: FRED
« Last post by 123RnR on Today at 12:33:30 am »
I love my Fred in the bridge of my basswood RG550 / edge locking trem/maple neck.  It is bright, but not thin to my ears. It's just waiting for you to pinch off a harmonic.  Kind of like a kid that had too much sugar.

Since it was /is not uncommon to see a guitar with PAF Pro's in both the neck and bridge, I wonder how a Fred in both spots would work.

I do wonder how the FRED fares against a PAF Pro in the neck position.
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The Pickup Place / Which neck pickup should I go for now?
« Last post by 123RnR on Today at 12:02:01 am »
Hi there!
As some may know, I actually have a Gibson Flying V with a Dimarzio Super Distortion + PAF Master (neck) combination. It's the second bridge pickup I install on this guitar, and I'm going now for the 4th neck pickup installed on this guitar.

It's a long story, but this has been the situation. Guitar was bought with faulty active electronics, transformed into passive, had a APH-2 (Slash Alnico II Pro) Set installed, removed due to low output and unbalanced tone due to having one tone knob. Began a new phase with a Dimarzio Super Distortion and a Transition neck pickup. Had a love/hate relationship with both pickups, liking (and disliking) different things about them, but after some time I decided that the Super Distortion was going to stay, and the Transition had to go. Why?

Transition Neck
Pros:
Took high gain like a champ. Not a pushover!
Amazing Slash creamy tones while overdriven. Very nice output level

Cons:
I hated the clean/ceramic/lifeless tones.
Too modern hi-fi sounding compared to the hot vintage/classic high gain tone of the Super Distortion.
Too damn boomy, and dark sounding compared to the Super Distortion
Too smooth, without much ''attack''.


Then after the curiosity attacked, I decided I wanted to get the hell out (away) from ceramic neck pickups, back into Alnico V magnet pickups. Those are the ones that mostly ''work for me''. After almost deciding for the PAF36, I pulled the trigger on the PAF Master (Neck) Pickup Model.

This one has a very clear tone I like, very responsive to volume controls, and can keep up with the clarity of the Super Distortion very well (with only one tone knob). But while it's a very nice pickup, I do plan to remove it from this guitar, and store it for another project. The reason? There are some things that I do need that this pickup (or any other) haven't fulfilled yet in the neck position.

I do need more output (to overdrive/distort faster), more ''smoothness'' (the PAF Master can be on ''Full On Attack Mode''), and more bass without turning muddy, dark, and going into BOOM city. I use a Blackstar HT-40, an amp that has a ''tone knob'', but no bass, treble or mids control for the clean channel. That's why I need something to fill that void correctly.

I'm gettings lots and lots of recommendations but Dimarzio, Darth Phineas, and my former guitar tech recommended the PAF Pro for the neck position of my guitar.  My mind says PAF36th (DP103), and has the PAF Pro as second choice.   I do know about the PAF59's from Dimarzio, but I do plan to test them in the future, just not on this Super Distortion equipped guitar.

Which should be the next pickup I should go for?
I'll await your replies!
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Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: FRED
« Last post by Dave J on January 18, 2019, 05:28:43 pm »
I love my Fred in the bridge of my basswood RG550 / edge locking trem/maple neck.  It is bright, but not thin to my ears. It's just waiting for you to pinch off a harmonic.  Kind of like a kid that had too much sugar.

Since it was /is not uncommon to see a guitar with PAF Pro's in both the neck and bridge, I wonder how a Fred in both spots would work.
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The Pickup Place / Re: More surgery...
« Last post by Strangeman86 on January 18, 2019, 07:30:38 am »
And I get that.  I was just hoping it wouldn't affect it nearly as much as it did.  But that's biscuit we risk.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Super Distortion noise?
« Last post by greekdude on January 18, 2019, 06:19:17 am »
Hello,

this happens during the evenings mostly and with a fair amount of distortion, not so much a computer thing. The hum is directional. Much more annoying in series wiring rather than in parallel. In parallel it is almost 100% noiseless.

My bet is that there is something asymmetrical in this pup! Same like with EMGs. At certain orientations they hum. But no biggie.

I wonder if redoing all the wiring, new simple/normal pots (in contrast to push/pull that I have now), etc, would remedy this. I am not a particular fan of parallel wiring for super distortion or Air Norton S : complexity with just a slightly lower output, not worth it.
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