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The Pickup Place / Re: Ibanez PGM301 bridge pickup
« on: July 02, 2018, 03:00:53 am »
To the OP:

I had the Norton in an Ibanez RG550 and I agree that its a bit thin and bright in basswood. I'd suggest you try the Transition which I have in a couple guitars now. It's everything I wanted the Norton to be but wasn't. Cleans up pretty well and roars and punches when you turn up the gain. It can handle pretty much anything style-wise and it will balance well with your other pickups.

Another one you could try is the Virtual Hot PAF. It pops up used quite often on ebay etc. It's slightly lower in output if you look at the numbers but it doesnt really feel that was under your fingers and it will balance perfectly with the SSL and PAF Joe. I'm not the only one who'd love to see DiMarzio bring that one back.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Ibanez PGM301 bridge pickup
« on: July 02, 2018, 02:47:47 am »
I think you just need to pull the trigger on something and try it in your own rig. If you buy new, you can use the exchange program to swap it if you donít like it.
I believe the exchange program only applies if you're in the US, correct?


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I have to second the Custom 5 suggestion. I have it paired with a 59 I'm a swamp ash guitar and it sounds really great, I love that combo. Super versatile.

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The Pickup Place / Re: New "Black & Blonde" Set
« on: January 30, 2018, 03:09:45 am »
Crazy expensive though. Why?

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The Pickup Place / Re: Anyone try the Norton DP160 in the neck?
« on: January 25, 2018, 03:18:51 am »
Of course you should try it! I wouldve never in a million years thought of putting a Tone Zone in the neck until I heard that both Michael Romeo and Paul Gilbert did it. Turns out it works great. Just go for it.

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I'd wager to say that the Chopper will be a way WAY better fit in the neck than the SD-S. Even better than the Chopper is the Satch Track, it's the best railbucker I've ever heard and I've tried all of em.

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The Pickup Place / Re: CLEAN & CHORDS: Tone Zone or Norton?
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:56:19 am »
I think being able to play certain chords and having it sound clean and clear har more to do with the amp and/or the pedals.

But the Steves Special is a good suggestion for chordplaying since its not congested (ie lacks) in the mids. However thats all it's good for IMO. Hate it for leadplaying but then I'm a midrange junkie.

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The Pickup Place / Re: CLEAN & CHORDS: Tone Zone or Norton?
« on: September 08, 2017, 05:08:15 am »
I'd agree that honky is a very good word to describe the Norton. It didn't work for me either but of course, so much of the tone is in the wood of the guitar, the amp, the cab etc.
 
I second Greenlions suggestion of the AZ. I'm the biggest TZ fan and I feel it can do pretty much anything but in this case AZ or possibly a Breed Neck would be what I'd choose.

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I've never tried the SD-s so my vote goes to the Chopper. One of the best neck pickups out there.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Help me choose my Ibanez RG550DX pickups
« on: September 02, 2017, 02:52:48 am »
Getting convincing Maiden and Periphery tones from the same pickup is a tall order. Those two sounds are too different from each other imo. Add to that beautiful cleans and it gets even tougher.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio Injector - also for vintage sounds
« on: September 02, 2017, 02:46:12 am »
I keep thinking about trying the injectors, but Paul's tone always sounds so harsh to me. Every demo I have seen him do with those sounds brash and harsh.
Maybe it has something to do with his hearing loss. Maybe he dials in more treble in his tone than you like. I had the Injector Neck and didn't find it harsh. That said, I don't think it sounds like a vintage pickup at all. Ymmv.

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Yes, the Super 2 sounds absolutely KILLER in the neck of an LP.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Wiring suggestions for Jaguar pickup replacement
« on: August 26, 2017, 06:07:13 am »
I'm going to just wire it straight up ground and hot, nothing fancy. I was just wondering with the spread out wiring system of a Jaguar, if there was anything to look out for.
For this kind of wiring, is the standard Dimarzio 4 wire system apply ( I know the Steve Morse is 4 wire and pretty sure the Super 2 is also) Can I ask, which wires are soldered together again ( its been awhile and i dont have the original inserts for the pickups)  If I remember right bare and green to ground, red to hot and white and black soldered together and taped off?
Yes.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Any fans of the super 2, super 3 set?
« on: August 26, 2017, 06:06:15 am »
For my taste the X2N is too over the top, too much output. I know Romeo uses it and gets a good tone with it but for me, nah. DAct-X I never tried but the regular D-Act is a great pickup and capable of a lot more than metal. Well balanced but not without personality. Fantastic chug but never brittle on the higher strings.
I know some people doesn't like a higher-output pickup in the neck but I dig it. I mostly solo on that so I don't mind the extra ooompfh there.

Otherwise the regular Super D is a given choice. It's THAT sound only not as dark as the Super 3 (which isn't really dark either).

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The Pickup Place / Re: PAF 59 Set
« on: August 24, 2017, 04:36:47 am »
I'd be interested in learning more about when the Blucher era started to wind down.


Has Steve left DiMarzio?

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