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EVH was always concerning of people copying him and his sound.  He was so popular, he is not going to give out a free product endorsement.  Allegedly, Frankenstein had a PAF pickup from a vintage Gibson.  He also wound/tinkered around with his pickup windings.  His Marshall is magic.

The Pickup Place / Re: Wax Potting
« on: January 25, 2020, 12:00:09 am »
Wow...lots of sound advice.  I guess de-waxing may not be worth it.  Iíd probably ruin the pickup for a very limited audio difference.👊🏻

The Pickup Place / Wax Potting
« on: January 12, 2020, 05:24:48 pm »
How well are DiMarzioís potted with wax?  Are they dipped like traditional methods or by vacuum methods?  Are there methods to remove wax from pickups?  I read that pickups that are unpotted may sound better.  I was not sure if it was possible.  I also read the Leo Fender dipped his pickups in lacquer.  I was thinking of unpotting a DiMarzio single coil.

Rule of thumb, donít mix brands without finding about magnetic polarity and electronic orientation of the wind.  Reversing the wires may work.  You should figure out what the wind and magnetic polarity of the Duncan pickup is and call DiMarzio for a solution or return it for a wind that is compatible with your Duncan.

The Pickup Place / Re: Actual Dimarzio Humbucker closest to T-TOP specs
« on: December 28, 2019, 08:24:03 pm »
If you want T Tops then spend the money and buy them...Period.  No replicas.  In reality, T-Tops are catch phrases.  Back on the day, many guitarists took Gibson Pickups out of their guitars for DiMarzio or Duncan Super Distortions or PAF replicas. Today, people want them back....possibly nostalgia.

Any pickup winder other than Gibson is still not an original Gibson pickup.  Buy what makes you happy.  In reality, any pickup would to T-Top Specs should get you in the ball park.  No-one can replicate the specific winding process and age and materials of a 40 year old pickup....which many ended up in a landfill back in the 1980ís.

The Pickup Place / Re: Your holiday wish list
« on: December 28, 2019, 08:10:08 pm »
My bucket list goal is trying to be satisfied with tone with only my guitar and amp.  My other goal is to realize that most tone chasing rabbit holes I jump into are dead ends.  Good or bad, my tone sounds like me no matter what amp, pickups, guitar or effects I play.  Itís a dilemma riddled for a wish of tonal perfection.

The Pickup Place / Re: Larry DiMarzio
« on: December 20, 2019, 03:13:42 am »
Thank you for the information!!!

Iím assuming that the True Velvets use fiber board construction like a vintage pickup and the poles are not adjustable because the coil wires are touching them.  Whereas, the FS1 uses a plastic bobbin and the poles are placed inside the bobbin and are adjustable because they have no contact with the coil wire.

Iím also assuming the plastic bobbins prevent eyelets to be added due to possible melting of the plastic.  Hopefully the internal soldered connections are durable over time.  They used this method in humbuckers since the 1950ís, so hopefully the FS1ís wonít fail me.

The Pickup Place / Re: Larry DiMarzio
« on: December 13, 2019, 09:21:32 pm »
Hi DarthPhineas,

In regards to DiMarzio single coils, why doesnít DiMarzio use eyelets in their bobbins, like Fender and Duncan.  They wire the lead wires inside  the coil like a humbucker.  It seems the eyelets would be more durable and easier to repair the leads.  Iím not sure what DiMarzio does to reinforce the lead wires in the coil.  Iíve never pulled off the tape on the FS1.  Maybe you can discuss this further.  TY!!!

The Pickup Place / Re: Bridge pickup to go with Paf Pro in neck?
« on: November 10, 2019, 01:32:42 pm »
Maybe a Joe Satriani Mo-Joe

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup tone vs hearing tone
« on: November 09, 2019, 08:02:09 pm »
I think hum varies from pickup to pickup and the electrical interference in your home.  I think DiMarzioís singles are fairly quiet.  I had HS4ís wired in single coil and I barely heard any hum.  Sometimes I regret not keeping them....but their output was so weak it became annoying at times.

Original strats had no rwrp middle pickups.  It can be argued that rwrp pickups that create a hum cancelling configuration takes away sonic frequencies and character of the single coils itself.  I highly doubt it that Gilmore had rwrp wiring in his Strat in the 1970ís.

A cool wiring mod would be to have a 3-way switch for each of the pickups. (1) master volume & tone (1) blend pot to add the neck pickup.  Then you can get tele sounds and all 3 pickups on a la Gilmour

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio or Fluence
« on: November 01, 2019, 11:29:17 am »
You should try the cruiser. 

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup Swap
« on: October 31, 2019, 07:59:14 pm »
FS1 would be fatter in the middle and have more output.  Hence, you may be able to lower the pickup more for picking room.

The Pickup Place / Re: Recommend something to me
« on: October 31, 2019, 04:31:09 pm »
Iíd recommend the EJ Eric Johnson humbuckers which have single coil tonal spectrum.  Humbucker from Hell has an openness too.

If your used to Strat tones but want a humbucker in the ballpark tonal spectrum, these may be an option.

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio or Fluence
« on: October 31, 2019, 09:25:30 am »
Sounds like a plan.  So you are aware, if not already, Railhammer is an American company based in Ohio, and the pickups are designed in the USA. Our pickups are made by a South Korean winder to proprietary specs, who we selected for their ability to build consistent, high-quality, custom-designed pickups.

If you want rail style pickups, then Bill Lawrence Wilde USA 500XLís are the ticket.

Personally, for the price and quality, you cannot beat USA DiMarzioís. 


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