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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio or Fluence
« on: October 30, 2019, 02:15:04 pm »
I donít like batteries or pre-amps.  A boost pedal works too and much cheaper.
Agreed. That is why my Fulldrive 2 stays on my board. Even on a solid state amp.

The Pickup Place / Re: RG655 - Middle pup - Cruiser Bridge?
« on: October 30, 2019, 02:12:03 pm »
What about virtual solo, or heavy blues2 ?

It has become my go to for a single. If you have a guitar with a neck single slot, you should try it there. It sounds great in the neck slot with distortion. Actually, just sounds great in the neck period.

The Pickup Place / Re: PAF '59
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:20:55 am »
So it is a little more clear. If you look at the hype, they make it clear as mud. I was looking for a Dimarzio pu that would knock out the Duncan 59 as my favorite neck 'bucker. I like the kind of noodly soloing tone with an almost single foolish vibe it does in the neck. Any suggestions?

The Pickup Place / Re: Recommend something to me
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:16:00 am »
Have you thought about something medium output like a Fred or PAF Pro in the bridge? Also, you could do two Pros, or  fred bridge PAF Pro in the neck. I prefer the fred in the bridge, but the PAF pro works great as a bridge pu. Both have clarity, but can be powerful as well.

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup tone vs hearing tone
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:12:53 am »
I find myself gravitating towards single coils, or stacks, more and more. I can get all the rock chug I need with them, but still have the ability to do country gigs. And I get a better clean tone with them.

Does this mean I am getting old?

The Pickup Place / Re: PICKUP SET for IBANEZ RGAR42MFMT
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:09:53 am »
I agree on the FRED. I played metal with it in a basswood Jackson in the very early 90s. It kills metal.

Guitar Lounge / Re: New (to me) Jem Jr
« on: October 28, 2019, 07:36:08 am »
Sweet!!! Congrats on your new axe.

The Pickup Place / Re: PAF '59
« on: October 09, 2019, 06:39:01 am »
From what I've heard from other vpaf and vhpaf were really good sounding pickups too. On one hand, it would make think they are running lean to keep cost down, but then they keep two pickups which really seem to hit the same target.

I could be wrong on this, but it seems their catalog had more in the 80s. Like I said. I could be wrong on that one. And without an 80s catalog, probably am.

The Pickup Place / PAF '59
« on: October 08, 2019, 11:17:33 am »
So I look at the PAF '59 and get a little confused. The marketing jargon starts by saying they used Larry's '59 Les Paul cherry sunburst as the reference. I thought that was what they did for the 36th anniversary paf.

They really DO need some new blood in marketing. Also, if you already have a set that used your guitar as a reference, then why do ANOTHER set that uses your guitar as a reference.

Needless to say I am more than a little confused on this one.

The Pickup Place / Re: PICKUP SET for IBANEZ RGAR42MFMT
« on: October 01, 2019, 04:22:47 pm »
I second the Fred. It does metal VERY well. I am thinking about this one in one of my axes as well.

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup suggestions please!
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:43:06 am »
I have a PRS S2 Standard 22. It has a mahogany body and neck with rosewood fretboard.  The 85/15 S stock pickups are good, but I think they are not for my style of playing.  I was thinking of the Seymour Duncan Custom 5 bridge and Jazz neck, but I haven't tried DiMarzios yet! So, I thought of giving it try!

I personally don't like the custom 5. It can get thin very quick. Even on a warmer guitar I have I have found it to be the case. On the Duncan side of things, I have tried a JB (can get shrill quick and to my ears and being that I have it in two guitars, sounds better with a 250k setup than a 500k for controls). The Full Shred (Articulate and kind of a medium output articulate and tight). PG + Kind of a full sound, not terribly high on output, but distorts nice (overwound Pearly Gates with an a5 magnet vs the a2. Some claim it is shrill but I have found it to not be the case in my Big Apple Strat with a rosewood fretboard).

I have used the X2N and I have never found it to be dark or bright. Kind of balanced, but BRUTAL on the amps input. Do NOT expect chimey cleans from it full on. BUT, parallel and split sound very good clean to my ears.

How much available preamp gain to you have? The reason that I ask is that if you DO have a good amount of preamp gain, then maybe a moderate output pickup might be better suited for you. I used to use nothing but high output bridge pickups, but found that the versatility and articulation of a moderate output pickup works better for me. And by the way, I also do a lot of high gain stuff. Check out my instrumentals at

Anyhow, the moderate output thing is just a suggestion. Don't pigeon hole yourself into thinking that you absolutely need a serious high output pickup. You may find just the opposite.

Gear Closet / Re: Keeley KE-808 (Red Dirt Pro)
« on: September 16, 2019, 04:27:31 pm »
Really just a hot rodded "screamer" variant with more clipping options and a gain boost.

The Pickup Place / Re: Limited Edition Duncan Hendrix Pickups
« on: September 16, 2019, 03:26:34 pm »
 ;D love it!!! Don't get me started on what she wants from you if you happen to want to include a Jimi song on a record. It would be different if I were paying Jimi, but she had no input on his creative genius. I would rather pay Chas a royalty. Sorry for going off the rails. I just had to vent about contacting the Hendrix estate about recording a song. Their demands changed my m il and real quick about buying anything with his name on it including reissues of his records.

Guitar Lounge / Re: New neck time.
« on: September 16, 2019, 08:06:39 am »
[So it arrived Thursday! Did the install Friday. No issues. Put a borrowed fretboard rocker on it. Frets were level. So I basically had to drill it for the tuner studs and the body screws. There is enough meat at the heel that I won't need the micro tilt, and the fret ends are smooth a butter. I couldn't be happier. Before I get hammered, Yes it IS a Might Mite. Hey, I am on a tight budget!

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